It makes sense for us to want a symptom, an ‘it’ to go away. If we begin to sense that we are made up of many selves … then we might instead say, ‘the anxious part of me is really suffering. I wonder how we might help her’. There is often a palpable softening as we gaze on a person inside who has value apart from the distressing symptom. We also may sense more clearly that this experience isn’t all of us, but belongs to a part who has had encounters that give this anxiety context and meaning. The change of pronoun, granting personhood, may move us into a more right-centric way of perceiving, which also opens us to a more both/and perspective of broad acceptance, arouses our warm curiosity, expands receptivity to the present moment. It can really be a very profound change.
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