In today’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we are talking about finding a middle path in our recovery. This is a very important topic to me, as it is what has helped me immensely in my own anxiety management.
Finding a Middle path (or middle way) is about us seeing beyond our dualistic or black-and-white ways of thinking, behaving and being.
Finding a middle path (or way) describes our journey of seeing the middle ground between attachment (where we cling and grasp onto things being a certain way) and aversion (where we run away from things that are not the way we want them to be).
Finding a Middle Path is about stepping away from “good” and “bad” and seeing that there is no good and bad, and there is only neutral.
In this episode, we talk about embracing the dialectics of change and stillness at the same time. We addressed how finding a middle path is being independent whilst also being a part of a larger community. It is where we embrace tension, paradox and change and discover a world that is workable in the middle, not just at the beginning or end.
One of the reasons I love this concept so much is that instead of always seeking resolution and completion and perfection, we let ourselves open and relax in the middle stages of our process. We live in the reality of the present. The more we delve into the middle way, the more deeply we come to rest between the play of opposites.
One of the hardest parts of this Buddhist practices is learning to trust in life itself. In this episode, we touch on this as an important part of finding a middle path.
For more information on Finding a Middle Path, read this wonderful article by Jack Kornfield: https://jackkornfield.com/finding-the-middle-way/
Dr. Sarah Sarkis Talks About Anxiety Management and Your Relationship with Anxiety
Welcome back to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast. Today we have Dr. Sarah Sarkis on to talk about Your Relationship with Anxiety. Dr. Sarah Sarkis is a psychologist, writer, and performance consultant with a private practice in Honolulu, Hawaii (though it won’t take you long to discover she’s a Boston girl at heart). Her integrated approach is big on science, low on bullshit, empowering us to achieve long-term change and growth through an eclectic blend of psychology, neurobiology, and functional medicine.
Her blog, The Padded Room, is your virtual safe space to help you manage the jarring realities of life. There, you’ll find a soft landing for life’s harshest truths. You can find it at drsarahsarkis.com.
Addressing your relationship with anxiety might be one of the most important steps you take when it comes to your anxiety management. Dr. Sarah Sarkis beautifully shares how she approaches fear and how your relationship with anxiety can determine the degree of suffering around anxiety. She also addressed people’s conceptualization of “I cannot handle this” or “I cannot face this” when it comes to facing fears.
During this interview, we also addressed concepts around Optimum Performance and Dr. Sarkis’ experience in her practice with patients in this area. I am sure you will agree that changing your relationship with anxiety is a game changer when it comes to your mental health, and I am so excited to share this inspiring interview with you
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Lastly, the annual IOCDF conference is being coming up SO SOON! It will be held in Austin, TX, from July 19-21. This national meeting focuses solely on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. I will be one of the presenters among over 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars. There will be support groups and evening events as well. Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.
Do you remember podcast episode #92 where I talked about my new goal of Failing 100 times? At the beginning of this year, I set the goal to fail 100 times in my business, personally and in my life. The whole concept came from a podcast episode by Amy Porterfield (EP# 247) where she set the goal to fail 100 times this year, not because she wanted to drop everything and mess up, but because she wanted to set goals that were so high that she was destined to “fail.” The whole premise of failing 100 times was to reach for the stars instead of setting goals that held us back and limited us.
Well, I decided that I was going to fail 100 times this year, but I was hit by a rude awakening that has completely changed the way I think about failure. As some of you may know, I have been struggling with some pretty serious medical and emotional issues this year. It has been a very scary and uncertain journey for me, but I have learned so much about myself. What ended up happening was that I ended up failing in ways I wasn't even expecting and I came to see just how hard I am on myself.
I am scared to share this with you, but I have decided that it is a beautiful day to do hard things. So, this episode is about how I am failing at 100 things that I didn’t set out to fail. I hope you find it helpful and that it inspires you to take a close look at how you conceptualize failure. And finally, I ask you, how are you doing at failing 100 times this year?
There are a few things I want to remind you of before we go! The annual IOCDF conference is being held in Austin, TX, from July 19-21. This national meeting focuses solely on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. I will be one of the presenters among over 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars. There will be support groups and evening events as well. Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.
Catherine DeMonte, who joined us in Ep. 95 of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, is the author of a new self-help book that will be released on June 18, 2019.
Beep! Beep! Get Out of My Way! Seven Tools for Living Your Unstoppable Life is a practical self-help book grounded in Psychotherapist Catherine DeMonte’s 25 years of clinical psychotherapy practice. Based on the Abundance Circle groups she created and leads, this book contains the tools her clients used to realize their dreams.
Written with nurturing warmth and humor, this book addresses both the inner and outer work necessary for creating lasting shifts. You can manifest your “one big thing”— even when circumstances make it seem impossible.Click HERE to order on Amazon.
Welcome back to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast. Today is a little different. I was all ready to record a podcast and all of a sudden, I put that podcast episode on hold and just spoke from the heart. I just wanted to talk directly to you and remind you to honor your hard things. I know when things are hard and you are struggling, it feels like you have no choice but to give up, but again, always honor your hard thing.
In this episode, I share about a recent “hard thing” I did with my daughter. I shared how surprised I was by how hard it was and emphasized that we do not honor the hard things we do enough. My goal was to address how we compare our struggles in mental health with others who do not have the same struggles. Because of this, we don’t honor the hard things you are doing (which is a lot).
In addition, we judge ourselves for struggling and we make it hard on ourselves when things are already hard. My hope with this episode is to help you along to honor every hard thing you do. My hope is that it gives you a moment to celebrate the work you are doing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Depression, Panic Disorder, Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) and Eating Disorders. It is hard work and I honor your hard things.
Before we go, I want to remind you about the upcoming IOCDF conference in Austin, TX, from July 19-21. This national meeting focuses solely on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders. I will be one of the presenters among over 100 presentations, workshops, and seminars. There will be support groups and evening events as well. Click HERE for more information and to buy tickets.