Awakening From Anxiety: A Spiritual Guide to Living a More Calm, Confident, and Courageous Life (Overcome Fear, Find Anxiety Relief)

Awakening From Anxiety: A Spiritual Guide to Living a More Calm, Confident, and Courageous Life (Overcome Fear, Find Anxiety Relief)


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Guide to Anxiety Relief for Spiritual People

“…a wonderful guide for anyone interested in awakening to a level of consciousness where anxiety simply does not exist.” ―Leonard Jacobson, author of Journey into Now and founder of the Conscious Living Foundation

Awakening from Anxiety author and counselor, Connie Habash, has helped hundreds of spiritual people like you overcome fear, experience anxiety relief, regain happiness, and feel calmer from within.

Spiritual people can suffer from anxiety and depression too. Often, people on a spiritual path have high expectations for themselves–so much so that they become more susceptible to perfectionism and high-functioning anxiety. Sometimes, traditional relaxation techniques either don’t work, don’t last, or, in some cases, actually increase their anxiety.

The missing keys to managing anxiety. Psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and interfaith minister Rev. Connie L. Habash shows us a way to transform our perceptions using mindful awareness, to overcome fear, awaken from stress and worry, and deepen our spiritual awakening. In over 25 years as a counselor helping spiritual people overcome anxiety, Rev. Connie has taught that it takes more than chanting mantras, stretching, or relaxation techniques to calm anxiety. It requires a transformation in perception and a conscious response to thoughts and emotions.


  • What anxiety is and when it becomes a problem
  • The 6 mistakes spiritual people make that increase anxiety
  • The 7 keys to a more calm, confident, courageous life
  • How to break through the old patterns of stress, worry, and fear into a new perception of your true self
  • Spiritual principles and yoga philosophy to cultivate inner peace

If you benefited from books such as Stop Anxiety from Stopping You; Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times; or First, We Make the Beast Beautiful; Awakening from Anxiety is a book you need to read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642500806
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 739,818
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rev. Connie L. Habash, MA, LMFT, has been passionate about personal and spiritual growth since her youth. Her journey took her through healing her own anxiety and depression, as well as supporting hundreds of others in awakening from fears, worry, and despair.

Many fields interested her in college, but an epiphany revealed that psychology brought them all together. She received a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from JFK University in 1994, and became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1999.

Always seeking the great perennial truths, she has studied and explored many spiritual traditions. Rev. Connie discovered yoga in 1991, and immediately she knew she wanted to teach; two years later, that dream was realized. Her love of sharing universal, spiritual principles led her to seek ordination as an Interfaith minister in 2012.

Rev. Connie regularly leads classes, workshops, women’s groups, yoga teacher trainings, and retreats, and has a counseling practice in Menlo Park, CA. She has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest,, Psych Central, and Thriveworks, and has featured articles on Elephant Journal and NY Times best-selling author Mike Dooley’s TUT website. Her orientation towards personal and spiritual growth integrates body, mind, heart, and spirit from her years of experience on the yoga mat and in the therapist chair. Discover more at her website,

Rama Jyoti Vernon, author of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: Gateway to Enlightenment and Yoga: the Practice of Myth and Sacred Geometry, is co-founder of Yoga Journal and the California Yoga Teachers Association, and an internationally-known yoga teacher and peace activist. She resides in Tyler, TX.

Table of Contents

Foreword 10

Part I From Anxiety to Awakening 13

Introduction: The Problem of Anxiety, Especially for Spiritual People 15

Chapter 1 My Story: A Journey of Transformation 23

Chapter 2 You Can Feel Calm, Confident, and Courageous! 29

Part II The Mis-takes Spiritual People Make That Perpetuate Anxiety 39

Chapter 3 Spiritual Mistake #1 Perfectionism 41

Chapter 4 Spiritual Mistake #2 Flight to Light 51

Chapter 5 Spiritual Mistake #3 Leaving Your Body 61

Chapter 6 Spiritual Mistake #4 You Create Your Reality 67

Chapter 7 Spiritual Mistake #5 Feeling the Pain of the World 77

Chapter 8 Spiritual Mistake #6 The Safety/Danger Polarity 85

Chapter 9 How You Do Spirituality Is How You Do Everything 93

Part III The Keys to a More Calm, Confident Life 109

Chapter 10 Presence 111

Chapter 11 Embodiment 121

Chapter 12 Self-Compassion 139

Chapter 13 Feeling Your Anxiety 151

Chapter 14 Listening to Your Anxiety 165

Chapter 15 Empowering Action 175

Chapter 16 Surrender 189

Part IV Living a More Calm, Confident, and Courageous Life 203

Chapter 17 Resistance to Resilience 205

Chapter 18 What to Do When You Feel Stuck 221

Chapter 19 Seeing through the Anxiety to Your Self 235

Recommended Reading 248

Acknowledgments 249

Thank You 251

About the Author 252

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

" Awakening from Anxiety offers clarity and vision for finding our way out of the turmoil of anxiety and into the dynamic functioning presence of who we are. As 'spiritual beings having human experience,' Connie’s simple, direct, friendly insights convey positive practical ways of not just coping but flourishing. Well done—may this book benefit countless beings.

—Edward Espe Brown, Zen teacher and author of The Tassajara Bread Book, No Recipe, and The Most Important Point

“No one likes to feel anxious. But what if anxiety were a path to personal empowerment instead of a cul de sac of despair? What if our struggles with anxiety were invitations to step into a new level of open-heartedness? The epidemic level of anxiety we are seeing today the world over is inviting us to step into a new level of presence according to author Connie Habash who offers her readers a new possibility: that the way forward – the way to peace and wholeness – is found in meeting the anxiety, not pushing it away. I couldn’t agree more. With many experiential practices and tools, Awakening from Anxiety is that rare combination of spiritual understanding and practical, down-to-earth guidance. It is a useful manual both for beginners and those already committed to a path of awakening. The book is both comforting and encouraging.”

—Jett Psaris, author of Undefended Love and Hidden Blessings: Midlife Crisis as a Spiritual Awakening

Awakening from Anxiety is a profound and comprehensive guide for anyone suffering from anxiety. It is also a wonderful guide for anyone interested in awakening to a level of consciousness where anxiety simply does not exist. Simple and direct in its style, this book will be extremely helpful to a large number of people dealing with emotional issues, including anxiety.”

—Leonard Jacobson, author of Journey into Now and founder of the Conscious Living Foundation

Awakening from Anxiety is a thorough guide to releasing and moving beyond anxiety in its many forms, including: worry, stress, fear, unease and uncertainty. It includes very practical, helpful exercises, based on case studies and on Rev. Connie Habash’s lifelong personal experience—tried and true methods that work. Her conversational, down-to-Earth and humorous style makes the book’s deep psycho-spiritual truths easy to understand and apply in one’s daily life. Thank you, Rev. Habash, for a book that is much needed in our increasingly stressful, anxiety-ridden, modern world. May it reach many!”

—Brad Laughlin and Leslie Temple-Thurston, authors of The Marriage of Spirit, Returning to Oneness, and Living with Enlightenment

"A book I will recommend to many for both practical advice and spirtual insights for handling stress, worry, and anxiety."

—Becca Anderson, author of Prayers for Calm

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