Anxiety and stress are on the rise. We all know there is good stress that keeps us from becoming complacent 'blobs' in the world. Still, the amount of anxiety medications and anti-depressants being taken by thousands is an indicator that perhaps we are, in Malcolm Gladwell's words, at a tipping point. Countless self-help books proclaim the need to ease stress, prioritize what's really important, lessen demands on our time and energy. At the same time, we are finding less night at the end of our day, and less money at the end of our month. Resilience is touted as an antidote, but what if we made some really tough decisions to really alter the way we live our lives, rather than simply try to bounce back when we've been knocked down yet again by stress and anxiety? What if we learned how to 'live' again, rather that feeling caught like mice on perpetual wheel of movement that usually takes us to a therapist's couch rather than to the grass to stare at the night stars?
Will Bowen, Founder of A Complaint Free World has helped millions find more joy in their lives by wearing a bracelet to remind themselves to stop complaining. I want to do the same with anxiety and stress! These two bandits steal the joy that is meant to be ours in this life. When we are kept from the joy and peace that are our birthright, we are also left defenseless when the troubles of life burst upon us. In other words, stress and anxiety leave us with little reserves of resilience available when we are faced with challenges and difficulties.
I want to urge you to join me in the new program available at www.reneemiller.org: "Learning to Live Again. This program will include, a one- month challenge to get us going, and activities and videos each month for 1 year that will help us stop the bandits of stress and anxiety and claim our right to live with joy and peace. The cost of "Learning to Live Again" will be $12.00. If you're interested in joining the movement of "Learning to Live Again," please indicate in the comment section below and share this post! The program will begin September 1st.
Life is rich with texture and beauty. Even the parts that seem unwanted hold within them seeds of grace.