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Six Simple Strategies to Ease Worry

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Worry can be a terrible waste of our time and energy.

Worry creates anxiety, distress, panic, lack of sleep, mental suffering and horrible and uncomfortable feelings within the body. You may find yourself consumed, every thought quenching the life from your very veins. Your life force energy spirals out as you disconnect from reality and become ungrounded in your own thoughts. Worry is fear in action.

Three years ago, I had a near-death experience in Bali. I had travelled alone, and when they found me in my cottage, I was barely conscious, severely dehydrated, and had pneumonia, but not just that, I was infected by the dengue virus which had been diagnosed four days earlier. I was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in Denpasar.

After many days, I was discharged from the hospital and had to go back to that little cottage near Ubud until I had the ‘fit for fly’ certificate from my doctors. Initially, I had loved that place and planned to stay for three months. BUT the thought of going back into that cottage caused me distress. I felt panic inside, and all I wanted to do was run, run back home to Australia and be in the comfort of my own home. I was afraid I’d be bitten by another infected mosquito, and my thoughts weren’t helping.

If you have ever experienced worry in your life, I’d love to offer you some simple strategies and practices that may help. They certainly assisted me.

1.   Ground yourself –

Stand, legs apart, knees flexible and place your hands on your belly and breathe deeply in through your nose and down into your lower abdomen and feel it inflate. This area is your seat of power, the sacral chakra, the balance of masculine and feminine. Breathe out slowly with a gentle sigh through your mouth noticing the abdomen deflate. Do these steps three times with your eyes open.

Now, with hands still on your belly breathe deeply into the lower abdomen and when you breathe out, bring your attention to your feet. Imagine your outward breath flowing down through your feet into the earth as roots form digging deeper through the soil connecting you to Mother Earth. Do these steps three times with your eyes open.

2.   Change your Thought –

Remind yourself that worry only creates from a fearful place, and really do you want to be frightened. I recommend that when you have negative thoughts take-action and say, “Delete, Delete, Delete.” If they are too consistent turn away physically in a different direction and think of gratitude and appreciation of one small thing in your life.

For example, it could be something as simple as; I’m grateful to be alive, or, I’m thankful for my friends and family (this could also be your furry family), or I’m grateful because I know the Universe/God has my back. Say your gratitude three times as if you were saying a mantra and feel the energy shift from negative to positive.

3.   Self-Care –

Love is the highest form of healing and energy in creation. Nurture yourself, drink plenty of water, and eat nutritious, tasty food, and move your body.

Choose whom you spend your valuable energy and time with. Setting healthy boundaries is important.

Be gentle, kind and loving to yourself because a friendly and kind gesture creates so much more lightness in your life. After all, if you worry, you deplete your own life-force and how can you then support yourself or another if you have very little energy to do so.

4.   Reset Your Focus –

Worry scatters your energy making you ungrounded and unbalanced. Recall your power back into you and stay focused on a positive outcome. The HOW is not essential. It’s releasing and letting go of control and trusting and focusing on the NOW which is your greatest gift. Tomorrow will take care of itself.

5.   Stop the Mind Chatter –

You can do this by placing your hands in a prayer position and gently pushing your palms together. Your brain will need to investigate the pressure, and all thoughts will clear allowing you to be present. Then place both hands over your heart and say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” It is with gratitude I thank Dr Wayne Dyer for the idea of the three thank you’s. Having the warmth of your own hands over your heart is comforting and reconnects you to your spirit building faith and hope.

6.   Remember –

You are a survivor and through past experience will thrive once again.

Through my experience in Bali, I admit it’s not always easy, but I can reassure you that when you stop the worry and focus on this moment in a grounded, loving and nurturing way. Your perception will change, and you will feel with much light and possibility.

I’ve also learnt that every experience in life teaches us something if we take the time to reflect and heal the trauma.

Blessings,

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(This article was first published by McGill Media)

Maria Lacey was born in Australia and has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance.

An award-winning author of a personal and spiritual memoir, One Path, Many Lights. Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings, and triumphs.

A successful entrepreneur with over 20 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.” Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Sound Healer, Channel, Author and Speaker.

Maria feels passionate about restoring hope into the hearts of many.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS

Voice of the Soul

-ancient-meditation-architecture-234541April last year I contracted a serious case of Dengue in Bali and I’d only been back in Australia a couple of weeks. I was listless, there was no room in my brain due to the encompassing fog that delighted in filling every corner.

In this week’s blog, I wanted to share a poem that I wrote at that time, you know one of those spontaneous downloads that you have to grab a piece of paper quickly and jot it down or else it’s gone forever.

Due to my illness, I was surprised anything even got through! Maybe it was spirit sharing with me, or the depths of my soul speaking.

Evolution – Author Maria Lacey

When we strip away the social constructs
The greed, the fear, the promise of power, the need to conform.

The illusion shatters

The insipid programming to move in line with a polluted stream that will never quench your thirst.
That keeps you searching outside of you

Away from the truth.
Further, further away.

Falls away

The shell cracks and the light once again is set free
Aah I can breathe

I feel with every cell,
I have a knowing beyond my experience.

Love, breath
Love fills me to overflowing.

There is no longer a thirst to quench

I’m at peace

Until next time, much love to you all

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Maria Lacey was born in Australia. She has travelled extensively overseas being led by visions, dreams and spiritual guidance, which have often required a huge ‘leap of faith.’

Maria writes about life (the human and spiritual path), the adversity, learning, musings and triumphs. A successful entrepreneur with over 18 years in her own business, Maria humorously states, “I am my greatest case study.”

Maria is a qualified Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Reiki Master Teacher, Spiritual Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Healer, Channel and Speaker.

Maria is currently writing her second book about her spiritual travels.

For further information about the author go to: http://www.marialacey.com.au/

Maria’s first book – https://www.amazon.com/One-Path-Many-Lights-Spiritual-ebook/dp/B00YOIOTIS