A Spiritual Guide to Anxiety Relief
Do you find your usual approaches to anxiety (yoga, prayer, meditation) are not bringing the long-lasting, inner peace you truly desire? Awakening from Anxiety author and counselor, Connie Habash, has helped hundreds of spiritual people like you overcome fear and anxiety, regain happiness, and feel more calm within.
Competent, spiritual people suffer from anxiety and depression too: Spiritual people often find that their own expectations of living a life dedicated to a higher power makes them more susceptible to high-functioning anxiety. Sometimes, traditional relaxation techniques either do not 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, in order that we may live divinely inspired lives. 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, moment-to-moment body awareness, and a conscious response to thoughts and emotions.
Awakening from Anxiety provides valuable psycho-spiritual tools to deepen spiritual awakening and calm fears:
- Learn what anxiety is and when it becomes a problem
- Understand the 6 mistakes spiritual people make that increase anxiety
- Discover the 7 keys to a more calm, confident, courageous life
- Know how to break through the old patterns of stress, worry, and fear into a new perception of your true self
- Explore spiritual principles and yoga philosophy to cultivate inner peace
If you enjoyed Stop Anxiety from Stopping You and First, We Make the Beast Beautiful , Awakening from Anxiety will take your healing and renewal from anxiety to the next level.
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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, NBCNews.com, 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, www.AwakeningSelf.com.
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
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
Thank You 251
About the Author 252
What People are Saying About This
" 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 donemay 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 experiencetried 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