I am, by nature, an anxious person.
It shows up quietly and I don't even notice. The tension and the stress start to rise, and before I know it, the anxiety asserts itself.
I notice it in my breath.
An extra yawn or two. The yawn that doesn't catch. The deep breath that is never deep enough. The tightness in my chest. The knowledge that if I don't stop, if I don't slow, if I don't focus on the how of breathing, I will lose. The faster I work and the more I try to breathe in deeply, the harder it becomes.
You see, a deep breathe requires slowness.Read More