Bringing Softness to the Awareness of Your Anxiety

Bringing Softness to the Awareness of Your Anxiety - Episode 120

Episode 120 – Being gently aware of your anxiety is a powerful starting point. Inquire into your heart, seeking a place in your thoughts that nurtures self-care; it’s truly invaluable. Amidst the anxiety, seek out thoughts that affirm, “Of course, I want to care for myself. Of course, I want to treat myself kindly.” Bringing awareness to your anxiety while nurturing a desire to care for yourself is truly magical.  Read More . . .

Finding a Place in Your Heart to Move Toward Acceptance

Finding a Place in Your Heart to Move Toward Acceptance - Episode 119

Episode 119 – The journey of focusing on emerging challenging emotions begins with the realization that you are the observer, which helps to bring immense freedom. Instead of being consumed by anxiety, you can observe it—an experience that helps lead to a deep recognition of the need to care for yourself. This transformative process opens the door to qualities, actions, and thoughts that enhance the quality of your life.  Read More . . .

Developing Humility and Awareness to Recognize Your Greatest Challenges

Developing Humility and Awareness to Recognize Your Greatest Challenges - ATH Blog

When you accept what you’re feeling and learn to identify your feelings (rather than rejecting or ignoring them), they can actually become guideposts to show you what you need. Today, let’s talk more about how developing a sense of humility and an awareness of your negative feelings can help you expand your quality of life. Look closely at your inner life, primarily focusing on where you have repeated suffering. Is it easy or hard for you to identify your emotional state? Do your best to identify it without judgment. Read More . . .

Discovering Trust and Support When You’re Anxious

Discovering Trust and Support When You're Anxious - Episode 118

Episode 118 – As we continue to discover ways to support ourselves during periods of anxiety, it is essential to remember the simple but elusive step of being aware of where you are, coupled with the desire to care for yourself, is a core foundation for self-compassion. The next level in the elevator metaphor is nurturing tolerance and kindness toward our anxiety. Whether or not we reach a bearable level of tolerance, maintaining the aspiration to evolve is essential for continual growth.  Read More . . .

Helpful Guidance to Manage Anxiety

Helpful Guidance to Manage Anxiety - Episode 117

Episode 117 – When you are anxious, it’s essential to be aware that you are both anxious and the observer of your anxiety. There is no need to compare yourself to anyone else. Simply start where you are—recognizing that awareness, or being the observer, can give you the capacity to mitigate your anxiety. Notice it clearly and give yourself the opportunity for self-care. Shifting your inner tone of voice during a period of anxiety can have a profound effect. The most underrated capacity in our lives is recognizing that we are the observer and the one who wants to care for ourselves. Understand your aspiration to tolerate and accept anxiety and develop the capacity to take care of yourself, guide yourself, and ultimately welcome yourself.  Read More . . .

How to Develop Self-Caring & Wisdom When Dealing With Fear

How to Develop Self-Caring & Wisdom When Dealing With Fear - ATH Blog

“Would you try to feel worse than you already do?” I ask this (seemingly) absurd question whenever a friend, a client, or even I am experiencing and feeling deep suffering. I ask them this question to help them understand their current attitude about their suffering — and that there’s potential for them to learn and emphasize a friendlier, more self-compassionate dialogue with their negative feelings. Read More . . .

Embrace Your Journey Toward Self-Compassion

Embrace Your Journey Toward Self-Compassion - Episode 116

Episode 116 – In the two prior episodes, we’ve explored practical tools to help address anxiety. The initial steps helped you become aware of your anxiety and care for it, while the subsequent step has you move into developing tolerance, kindness, and a welcoming attitude toward anxiety itself. While this may seem counterintuitive, the aim is to view anxiety as having the potential to awaken self-compassion. If you can apply this to your life, you will begin to free yourself from being dominated by anxiety and move up one more floor on the elevator metaphor.  Read More . . .

Acceptance Is an Important Aid in Managing Anxiety

Acceptance Is an Important Aid in Managing Anxiety - Episode 115

Episode 115 – In this second guided meditation focused on managing anxiety, we continue using the elevator metaphor. As we proceed to the next “floor,” we reach a place where you will learn to care for yourself and develop self-compassion. You can gently say to your anxiety that you wish to recognize and continue to increase your capacity to bring heart and wisdom into your life. It will be helpful to recall the moments when you’ve been anxious in the past and remember how tolerance and kindness have been absent during most of those moments. The key theme of this elevator floor is to remember to be more tolerant and kinder to yourself when you are anxious.  Read More . . .

Become an Observer to Care for and Accept Your Anxiety

Become an Observer to Care for and Accept Your Anxiety - Episode 114

Episode 114 – Welcome to season three of the Awareness That Heals podcast, dedicated to exploring and healing specific challenging emotions. In this episode, host Robert Strock focuses on anxiety. He offers a series of guided meditations to cultivate self-compassion and improve your ability to navigate anxious moments effectively. Using the metaphor of an elevator, Robert illustrates the progression from an unconscious state of anxiety on the first floor to acquiring tools for self-support and healing on subsequent levels..  Read More . . .

When Our Greatest Strength is Also Our Greatest Weakness

When Our Greatest Strength is Also Our Greatest Weakness - ATH Blog

Most of us have an area of our life that we give a dominant part of our energy where we might be most gifted. We could dominantly like to interact with people, devote ourselves to our work, or do something centering on the arts, nature, academics, family, pleasure, success, fitness, beauty, or being likable and unique. But sharing so much energy with this part of our life can lead to an imbalance.” Read More . . .