Traumatic Brain Injury and Anxiety
Posted by Second Chance to Live on November 6, 2007
Hi, and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. You are always welcome at my table. I have been reviewing some events that have taken place in my life that once created anxiety. In particular, each time I had to visit my dentist for a check-up or a filling. In the past I have had some anxiety leading up to the visit with the dentist because of the fear of the unknown. For many years I allowed this anxiety to create trepidation concerning my visits to the dentist. Several months ago I made the decision to face my fear and I came up with a plausible solution.
You may be curious about the solution, so I will share my secret. I win regardless. That is right. I made the decision to address the matter of visiting the dentist with the idea that regardless of the outcome; I would be empowered through the experience. Through adopting the perspective that I would be empowered through and beyond the experience, I was able to let go of my anxiety concerning trips to the dentist. As I took a proactive perspective I was able to trust the process. Consequently, I am now able to experience a new freedom because I decided to let go out the outcome.
Several month ago, I visited my primary care physician and because I turn turned 50 last May I was to have my first colonoscopy scheduled. Joy. Initially I had concerns and anxiety about the procedure. After meeting with the gastroenterologist and scheduling the actual date for the procedure I made the decision to adopt the attitude I had to visiting the dentist onto the actual procedure. As a result, when the time came to have the procedure completed I was at peace. Several days before the procedure I was talking with a close friend of mine and I mentioned what I learned through my visit with the dentist.
My friend was amazed and mentioned that the colonoscopy was a lot more invasive than a dental appointment. I tried to explain what I had learned about letting go of anxiety, but he did not seem to understand. My experience with the colonoscopy reinforced what I had learned through my dental experience. Per your information, the results from the procedure were benign. You may think that I have been a little too personal with what I have shared with you concerning my experience with the gastroenterologist. My interest is to share a personal experience with you to reinforce a profound principle.
Anxiety predicates itself upon judgment. When we chose to trust the process and a loving God we are released from the contempt that comes through our judgment. The illusion of our judgment too many times casts dark clouds over what would otherwise be considered a bright and sunny day. As I trust the process, I am released from my need to judge my experience through anxiety.
When I am able to let go of outcomes, I can experience peace regardless of the unknown. Through trusting the process, a loving God and that I am going to be empowered regardless of the outcome I am able to surrender. Surrendering empowers me to relinquish control over my anxiety to the process. Remarkably, as I relinquish control over anxiety my ability to experience peace increases exponentially. You may have matters in your world that trigger anxiety. My encouragement to you my friend as I need to encourage myself — surrender and relinquish control over your anxiety to the process. Let go of your need to judge your experience through anxiety because you will be empowered through your process.
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