I was on the verge of a full-blown panic attack just last week.
I’d had to stand up in front of a crowd of 40+ people and answer questions from a presenter.
My heart rate climbed, my breath shortened, my hands began to get clammy, and my mind started racing – your typical fight or flight response when faced with “perceived” danger.
The presenter was an ex-Marine, so fighting wasn’t an option – and it took all of my willpower not to turn around and run from the room. I needed a tool for how to relief anxiety fast.
My only option was to “be the mountain”:
And that took every ounce of concentration I could muster, whilst also trying to understand what the presenter was asking me what to do.
I was hating every moment of it, willing the presenter to finish and let me sit down. And eventually it ended.
It was a deeply uncomfortable experience, but afterwards I mentally patted myself on the back for getting through it; for being aware of the anxiety building up inside me; for having the presence to recognize it, to take a very small step back from it, and to “act like a mountain” to fend off the rising panic.
A mountain doesn’t give a rat's a$$ what the presenter is saying to me. It doesn’t give 2 hoots what the others in the room were thinking of me.
It is present; it is powerful; it is bomb-proof.
It is present; it is powerful; it is bombproof.
And that’s how I want you to imagine yourself the next time you sense your anxiety rising.
Stand up now and try it on for size:
BE THE MOUNTAIN.
Let me know how that feels.
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