Anxiety / Depression
Spiritual Perspectives on Anxiety and Depression
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
- “I just don’t feel like myself anymore.”
- “I can’t get to sleep or I wake up in the middle of the night because of worry.”
- “I feel like my life is falling apart.”
- “I just want to give up. I don’t feel like doing anything or being around anyone.”
If these sound familiar to you, you may be like millions of people who have these thoughts, and experience symptoms of anxiety and /or depression. You may notice that you feel the effects physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. These symptoms can make life miserable and bring on a feeling of panic or hopelessness, and a fear that this is how it is going to be for the rest of your life. Symptoms of anxiety or depression don’t mean that you are broken or “crazy.” They mean that there is something going on in at least one level of your consciousness or energy field that is blocking your energy from flowing freely or for your brain’s neurotransmitters from functioning properly. Sometimes these symptoms are a sign you need to make a change on some level.
There are many causes of symptoms of anxiety and depression. But, I am going to address anxiety and depression from a spiritual perspective here.
One of the greatest fears we have on the deepest level is that of losing control. There is a belief in the unconscious for many that we are safe only when we’re in control. If we feel powerless to change, it can create symptoms of depression, and trying to control what is not in our control can lead to anxiety.
Examples of how we use control:
- Impatience, anger, telling others what to do or how to behave.
- Helplessness, being a victim, manipulating others to do for us what is our own responsibility.
- Being overly responsible in a situation or relationship in order to control others’ opinion or mood.
- Judging ourselves, others and situations in our lives.
- Denial, avoidance, minimizing of feelings.
- Obsessive, compulsive behavior and thoughts.
- Not letting go of situations in the past.
- Creating horrific “What if” situations in our mind about the some future event.
If these behaviors and thought patterns just occur once in a while, you may just experience temporary discomfort. But, if one or all of these are an ongoing pattern, they can create symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. In these patterns I described, you are living the Serenity Prayer in reverse….trying to control what you can’t, and feeling helpless in the face of things you can change. These ongoing thoughts and behaviors create a disruption in your energy field and can cause your brain to go into the “flight or fight” mode and stay there. This results in difficulty thinking, staying focused, making decisions, and feeling safe, to name a few.
In my work, I help people look at where in life they are giving up control of what is theirs to handle and why, and where they are taking responsibility for what is not theirs, and how to let go. I have 28 years of experience in working with people who are dealing with anxiety and depression. Sometimes it is due to a situation. Other times it has been a lifelong condition. I utilize a holistic approach, dealing with the conscious, unconscious, emotional and energetic levels of the person. I am a facilitator to assist you to open to your inner wisdom, your Soul, and experience life from a higher perspective. During a session, we may do one or all of the following, depending on the situation:
- Bring your energy field into balance.
- Clear any negativity or judgments that may be keeping your stuck.
- Identify limiting beliefs and thought patterns that may be contributing to the symptoms.
- Teach simple, effective tools to allow body, mind and spirit to come into balance.
- Help you “listen” to your symptoms to learn what your body or a deeper part of you is trying to communicate.
If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression or one of the patterns I described, please consider calling for a free consultation or an appointment. Don’t give up hope on having a more meaningful life.