Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!
Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.
Pillar: Anxiety is Real
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.”-Matthew 6:34
Principle: Anxiety Can be Defeated
I dropped science when I was 14 years old. I said a happy goodbye to biology, chemistry and physics in secondary school. Or so I thought! Every so often, one of these subjects somehow finds me, whether in my career or personal growth pursuits.
I recently attended a helpful online class on spiritual enrichment during which the sciences said “Hi” to me again, as the very qualified presenter taught about the ‘Anxious Brain.’ I actually wanted to hear more.
Dr. Timothy Sumerlin, (www.inmotioncounseling.org) the workshop facilitator for that day, went on to speak about the ‘anxious brain’ that often kicks in to protect us from imminent danger. It’s what came next that was eye-opening.
He then explained that there are other times when the ‘anxious brain’ wants to offer you protection when there is absolutely no need, such as when you are unnecessarily nervous or fearful. It is at those times that we need to tell our ‘anxious brain’ to back off. This is welcome self-talk. I needed that tip.
I am reminded of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount admonishing his audience not to live in anxiety, but rather in humble submission to a God-centered agenda. By placing the will of God as our daily priority, we can rest assured in the fullness of his divine provision.
What has caused you anxiety recently? How did you respond to it? Going forward, we have great advice from both a spiritual and a physical perspective. If you combine them, a good option for dealing with current or future anxiety is to talk to yourself using a favourite bible verse or wisdom saying centered on trust.
Practical: Releasing Anxiety
Plan diligently for tomorrow but live joyfully today. Enjoy the beauty of now.
If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.