This is all so true- especially the comparison to being caught in an undertow. It is hard to let go, but often when we do things start to work out in unexpected ways. It is also very true that our imaginations usually give us much more anxiety than the actual event or emotion we are avoiding. I remember once I was feeling low, and refused to be alone for a couple of weeks- I constantly made dates with friends and planned activities. Finally, when I found myself alone, I experienced a very deep sadness that lasted a whole afternoon. After I let myself feel that sadness, it released its grip and I was able to be alone.

Here are a few words I wrote on this topic: divinelightningmeditation.weebly. com/blog

Thank you for this article!

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