ON BEING COLUMN • What to Do When Anxiety Overwhelms You

What to Do When Anxiety Overwhelms You

A Monthly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being
Published May 2, 2018

The overwhelm of anxiety builds and builds — as one thought generates two more thoughts, four more spring from those. The mind proliferates, taking each feeling as fact and conjecturing another frightening scenario on that, and then another. If this, then that, and then this, and this, and this, and then we all die in a raging fire. As I travel the world teaching, my audiences frequently ask for help in stopping these rapidly escalating — and isolating — thought patterns. In this second column on anxiety, I will offer some tools for you to cope.

Sharon Salzberg

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