Category Archives: Anxiety

Bearing witness: reflections on the Sikh temple shooting, and our own broken hearts

What does normal mean?  On August 5 in this violent, crazy summer of 2012, a lone gunman with strong white supremacist credentials showed up at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire on worshipers he had never … Continue reading

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How to lose yourself, without losing your identity

Is the thought of letting go of your everyday self exhilarating, or comforting, or terrifying?  Yes.  It happens daily, without hesitation, when we drift off into daydreams, cinema, or into sleep.  Choosing consciously to let ourselves go, on the other … Continue reading

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Facebook Timeline anxiety: waiting for change we didn’t ask for

Tickety tickety tick. Dateline Tuesday: a quantum change in the Facebook experience called Timeline is about to become mandatory, and it will change your profile. Prepare. Why are we uneasy? Continue reading

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Holiday travel angst: how to find peace no matter where you are

If you’re far from home right now, or en route to a holiday destination, there’s a decent likelihood of onboard stress. Frustrating, too, as the holiday journey has such good intent: reconnecting with loved ones; replenishing our spirits on a … Continue reading

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Offbeat forms of meditation: finding peace while stuck in traffic

You have probably encountered traditional images of meditation, seen in media ads for everything from travel destinations to financial planning to quiet luxury cars: a practice of sitting cross-legged on the floor in a serene setting, eyes closed, transported somewhere … Continue reading

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The art of living with uncertainty

Some bumper stickers are priceless.  My personal favorite: “Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first.”  I am not alone: this expression resonates in at least 219,000 places in cyberspace.   If you can’t change the reality of an unpredictable future, at least … Continue reading

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Let go of stress for a minute, and savor temporary things

I thought I had a full Saturday morning schedule.  Then, dashing down the block en route to the farmers’ market, it was disrupted in an instant by a carpet of tiny purple blossoms fallen from a crepe myrtle tree, strewn … Continue reading

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