When I started my slow breathing experiment, it was strictly personal. I knew my usual coping mechanisms for managing my anxiety weren’t working anymore, and it was time to find some new options. I thought dedicating time to developing my meditation and yoga practices would be enough, and they both helped in their own ways. But realizing I didn’t have to go on this journey alone was the best mindset shift I could have made.
You are all to thank for that. Your comments, emails, text messages, and phone calls showed me I was not alone and, therefore, I did not have to deal with this on my own. Your stories normalized the thoughts that were running through my anxious mind. And your suggestions and support helped me stay focused and remember there was a way out – I just had to work through it.
I am so grateful for the conversations we shared this month. Thank you for being open and honest and vulnerable alongside me. Trust me when I say that your stories have not only helped me, they have helped even more people who read your comments. I can honestly say I have never been more grateful for this community. Thank you for being part of it.
Yesterday, I packed my bags and left Squamish, and I’ll be away from home for most of the next month. I’m excited to get away, and excited to start a new slow living experiment in May… but I couldn’t close the door on this topic before sharing a few more posts with you. As Maya Angelou said, “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” I hope these posts serve as a reminder that you are not alone. <3
“The question is: is there a way for me and my fear or anxiety to peacefully co-exist? Yes, it turns out there is, but it’s going to take some work.” – Allison Fallon
- Sarah put together a list of songs that can lull your anxiety. You can listen to her fave.
- I don’t have kids, but I enjoyed this post on why simplifying may protect kid’s mental health.
“This wave will pass, and when it does, you will stand back up. You won’t be underwater anymore. You may be stronger or you may be more tired, I don’t know. But I know you will be standing, and in the sun.” – Melissa Camara Wilkins
- Leo’s post on how to find beauty in every moment felt timely.
- This quote on happiness vs. wholeness is everything.
And dozens of readers have suggested I read First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson, but it’s only available in Australia. :( If you’re down there, check it out. :)
As Elizabeth Gilbert always says, onward.
PS – This is the last time I’ll be sharing these mindful musings on the blog. Going forward, I will publish a new blog post here every Monday, then I will send out this newsletter via email every Friday. If you have been enjoying these collections of stories, fill out the form below to get them every week.