Gratitude, it's said, is the greatest gift. It opens the heart like nothing else. Yet what is an open heart called to do? How is it meant to live in the world of stress and crisis that ever more presses in upon us?
"What if there were a caring acquaintance right beside you during your times of greatest emotional challenge or crisis? Someone you didn't have to make an appointment to see? If that person were a silent support, a resonating presence, and also available to listen and reflect what came up for you moment by moment, would it make a difference?"
Truth is, anxiety is not an emotion. It's a particularly visceral form of emotional resistance. Even though anxiety itself can seem intolerable, our primitive brains deem it less threatening than the core emotion that triggers it in the first place.
At such a crucial time in our nation's history, it seems relevant to ask: If America were a person, with its recent cycles of destructive boom and bust, and its almost slavish dependence upon consumption, what kind of person would the country be? The answer, inescapably, is an addict.
What happens between the two us when there's no agenda or need? What feelings and sensations arise when we're not even trying to please one another? What happens when we keep saying "Yes!" to everything, and just follow the flow?
Whenever you're not willing to feel an emotion, your choices and behaviors stem from your avoidance of that emotion. Your resistance then runs your life, and is directly contrary to your overall best interest.