Anxiety and Finding Your Deepest Motivation


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“You are so anxious about the future that you do not enjoy the present. You therefore do not live in the present or the future. You live as if you are never going to die, and then die having never really lived.” ~Dalai Lama XIV~

When I begin to feel the prickly burning of anxiety rising inside, it is my clue to stop and analyze my thoughts within the current circumstances. I ask myself, what is my deepest motivation in this situation? Can I honestly say that I mean no harm and that my motivation is sincere?  Looking at your true motivation will help reduce anxiety in your daily life.

For example, before teaching a class I periodically feel anxious about whether I can guide all of my students in a way that they can get the most out of their practice. I am not naturally comfortable in front of a group; however, I know that I have a lot to give. Giving, loving and healing others is my life’s purpose and teaching is my platform. So I ask myself, what is my underlying motivation? Why am I here? Is it money, power and fame? Or, is it a genuine interest in helping others participate fully and contribute to the world? Given this, I find my anxiety decreases because I know that, regardless of the outcome, my intentions are good; as such, I have faith that I will find the most effective way to express and pass on these values.

Next time you feel anxious, ask yourself: What is my deepest motivation? Then move from that space.

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