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Alleviating Anxiety

For those plagued with anxiety, there are programs that assist with creating coping strategies which enable the person to live a full, rich, productive life. Deanne Repich had, at one point in her life, almost immobilizing anxiety. This led her to create programs that assist those who suffer through anxiety to have a fresh start in a life. This disorder may be a wake-up call: although circumstances may be challenging, there is always a choice about how to proceed.

Spirited Women

 Many women feel as if their “get up and go, got up and went;” or, as my friend Peggy describes it, “They have lost their whoop-de-do.”  So what is an antidote to this syndrome? Nancy Mills has designed The Spirited Woman Approach to Life that is offered in the form of a workshop that has participants, singing, dancing and “suiting up” in costume pieces that allow them the freedom to embody the spirited women they already are.

Therapeutic T-shirts

Affirmations are another means of re-programming our thoughts. Feed our minds a diet of empty calories in the form of junk thoughts or outright toxic concoctions, and we come away with virtual food poisoning. On the other hand, if we nourish our minds with loving thoughts and affirming words, then we will flourish.

Something caught my eye in the Philadelphia Inquirer late last year. The headline read: “Whispered, wearable words of wisdom.”
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The article was about two women in Beaumont, Texas, who had an inspired idea that has evolved into a wonderful business called Thera-wear. It’s a cottage industry, since the two owners are also the chief cooks, bottle washers, folders, packagers, shippers and marketers. Elizabeth Wadill and Heather Petkovsek do it all themselves. What they are creating, folding, shipping and marketing are t-shirts with therapeutic, humorous, subtly printed messages.

I went to their website, and was immediately grabbed by two of the mantras written such that, according to the t-shirt faeries, the printing can only be seen if you are standing close by the wearer, and someone is tempted to ask what is written on the t-shirt. That’s where the whisper comes in. They don’t bonk you over the head with what they are saying. 
Here are two that jumped out at me: “If I don’t take care of me, I can’t take care of you” and “Expectations are premeditated resentments.” 

 The first is obvious, and yet how many of us regularly sacrifice our own needs so as not to disappoint others or to insure love and approval?  Guilty as charged on that one, and I know I’m not alone there.  The second one is a little more obtuse. When I mentioned it to someone at work, she said she thought that expecting a positive outcome was a good thing. I agreed; I might even call it joyous anticipation. But it’s when I am attached to a certain response from someone, or an event occurring in my own time frame rather than someone else’s, that I do indeed set myself up to feel frustration and resentment, that sometimes can spill over into the anger zone. Not a pleasant place to be.

So, how to resolve this dilemma? One of my practices has been to put out there what I want, seek, desire....and then say out loud or in silence, “I surrender this to the highest good outcome. Help me to accept whatever that means.”  In the long run, I have never been surprised tofind that what I thought I wanted, was nowhere near as amazing, powerful, delightful and joy-filled as what ultimately occurred.

Heather and Elizabeth say it beautifully: “Expecting a lot from others sets the stage for misery. Have high expectations for yourself, but don't put all your eggs in someone else’s basket.”
So, keep your heart open to what the Universe may have in mind for you. You may be deliciously surprised at what greets you.

  1. This article was reprinted with permission from New Visions Magazine, .

Edie Weinstein-Moser
About the author:

Edie Weinstein-Moser, LSW is a social worker, interfaith minister, writer, speaker and clown, who finds that the peace she discovers on the yoga mat follows her off the mat. She can be reached via her website at or 215-249-9190.



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