"Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Using Flower Essences for Anxiety
Authored By Dina Saalisi at http://dshealingarts.com
When I see clients who want to address feelings of anxiety, it’s important that I begin by defining in what ways anxious feelings show up. It seems that we all, at one time or another, have had anxiety creep up and take hold of our otherwise calm being. We recognize it as a sped up feeling, moving quickly and making it difficult to remain present. There are many flower essences that relate to these feelings.
- Aspen is the remedy for vague anxiety with no known reason. There may be a feeling that something is wrong or that something bad is going to happen, without knowing why. This feeling can haunt by day or night. It is also useful for nightmares, which can also contribute to a sense of uncontrollable anxiety. This flower essence helps one to feel peaceful, calm and accepting of the unknown.
- Elm is a great ally when one is feeling overwhelmed and burdened by too many responsibilities. We all know the feeling of having too much to do and too little time, which can put one into hyper-mode. Elm helps one to recognize this state and be able to stop. With this pause, there comes an ability to re-organize your tasks and continue working from a place of unperturbed confidence.
- Impatiens is one of my all-time favorite flower essence remedies. Those of us in need are quick moving, fast acting and don’t often know when to slow down. Anxiety is a state that makes us nervous and unable to accept the slower pace of others. This flower offers support in being able to accept that others have a different rhythm, allowing for a natural flow, without the need to hurry.
- White Chestnut is for mental anguish, when thoughts recur incessantly, without being able to turn them off. A particular type of anxiety that shows up in the form of over-thinking, whether about major life events or small details. The essence does an incredible job of soothing the thought process, so it becomes constructive, allowing solutions to surface.
- Rescue Remedy is probably the most well-known Bach remedy and the only pre-made combination formula that Dr. Bach developed. Consisting of 5 flowers (Star of Bethlehem, Impatiens, Rock Rose, Clematis and Cherry Plum) this formula has been used for over 80 years as a natural plant ally for any state of emergency. I recommend that my clients keep a bottle on hand for any intense feelings that arise. People with anxiety can use Rescue Remedy after hearing shocking news, a fight with a loved one, or any feelings of fear or panic, all which lead to anxious emotions. This combination has proved to restore balance and quell feelings of anxiety in a short period of time, so that one becomes able to pause and move beyond this difficult state with ease.
Balance With Flower Essences
Once I help clients establish a sense of balance with flower essences using my anxiety remedy tips, I often offer 3 helpful methods for dealing with anxiety, as it arises.
- Creating consistency with meditation practice is probably the most effective way to combat anxiety. Sitting meditation helps to develop the mind in keeping a calm presence throughout the day. Quietness of mind is our inherent nature. It is always available to us, but sometimes we get side tracked by intense emotions. The practice of meditation allows us to return to this feeling of tranquility and remind ourselves that this is always available to us in the present moment.
Even as little as 5 minutes once or twice a day will begin to strengthen this inner knowing of peace.
- If you notice yourself beginning to “spin out”, you can take a moment to pause before it escalates. Find a quiet place to be alone. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Take 10 full, deep breaths, completely inhaling and exhaling. Allow yourself this time to soothe your anxiety.
This exercise takes about 2 minutes and is a quick way to restore a sense of serenity.
- Embrace time in nature regularly. Nature is the ultimate healer. Our bodies and souls resonate with the energy of our natural environment, affording us a grounding quality that is available anywhere, anytime. Taking nature walks at lunchtime or weekend hikes are both beneficial ways to allow nature’s healing to create peace within.
The more you give in to this experience, the more alive you feel and the less likely to get caught in moments of anxiety.
Since practicing some or all of these methods provides a strong foundation for balancing anxiety and cultivating health, keep in mind that consistency is the key to getting good at anything.
We have the ability to recognize and overcome habitual patterns if we are able to practice mindfulness. As a result of this, we can allow ourselves the opportunity to dwell in the present moment.
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