5 Tips on Turning
Anxiety into Grace
Okay, so we’re getting close to a new school year. Some kids
are anxious. Some teachers are anxious. And some parents are anxious, too.
Considering what we hear in the news and at social gatherings, who wouldn’t be
a bit on edge? Bullying. Violence. Drugs. School shootings. What’s going to
For many people, we align with whatever environment or
culture we are in. You know, like misery loves company. Even Albert Einstein
once said, “The field [environment] is the sole governing agency of the
particle.” To some extent, we are all influenced by the culture we live in. So,
if we are surrounded by fear and negativity, it’s easy to adopt it into our thinking
and behavior. And often, we don’t even know we’re doing it. It becomes subconscious
thinking driving habitual responses. Think of this like an autopilot.
So, what is a parent, teacher and child to do? How can we be
more mindful of the field of energy we share? And how can we experience more
peace throughout the day – especially in the chaotic world we live in today?
Enter miracle-minded management, a shift from one
thought system to another. The Miracle-Minded Manager™ is a leader, not a follower. The
Miracle-Minded Manager™ lights up the room when she enters. She brings with her a
different frequency of energy, an alternative “field” for others to witness and
experience. She brings hope where there is despair, enthusiasm where there is
doubt, eagerness where there is resistance, and light where there is darkness. The
Miracle-Minded Manager™ helps people see that there is life and renewal outside the
negativity box – a transformational shift in life expectations and experience.
How does the Miracle-Minded Manager™ do this? Here are five tips
to help you on your way:
- Be present. Live in the eternal now.
Focus your conscious mind and attention on the moment at hand – the only time
that really matters. Anxiety, fear and stress all come from a mind that is not
present. They come from a mental projection into the future that something
might go wrong. What if I fail? What if I get hurt? What if my child gets hurt?
What if there is another disaster? What if I lose something I value? These are
all assumptions, negative assumptions. And they create negative expectations
which draw negative outcomes. They are also contagious. The people around us,
including our children, pick up on these energetic vibrations and tend to
agree. Now we have an even bigger problem – a collective consciousness of fear
and doubt, a field of negativity attracting more negativity. This is
unacceptable to the Miracle-Minded Manager™. By being present, awake and
aware, we set a new tone – a tone of inspiration and fearlessness. We alter the
- Be positive. Know that you have control
over only one thing – your mind. Rather than try to change the world, learn to
change your mind about the world. Everything else follows. Everything else in
your life reflects what you hold in mind, both consciously and subconsciously.
And note that your subconscious (autopilot) mind is significantly more powerful
than your conscious mind. In fact, it runs over 95% of your day. So, it’s worth
asking, what latent thoughts are driving my day-to-day behavior? And how am I
supposed to uncover these limiting beliefs if they are subconscious? Hmmm, no
wonder so many people are wandering around mindlessly. One way to discover your
“inner programming” is to examine your habits and tendencies. Afterall, we reap
what we sow. Want to know what you are sowing subconsciously? Examine your
outcomes. They reflect your deepest assumptions and beliefs. If you are anxious
and afraid, it is because you are presuming the worst. You are attached to a
fear-based, ego thought-system driving insecurity, anxiety and doubt.
- Be proactive. The Miracle-Minded Manager™
also leads by example. Rather than fall in line with everyone else who is
worried and complaining, we demonstrate what it means to be in-Spirit, to be truly
fearless. This isn’t something we fake or pretend isn’t there. We do it by
dismissing the root cause of fear – the ego thought-system. We observe fear. We
contemplate it. We empathize with people who are struggling with it. And then
we show them an alternative way to experience life through our own actions. We
take the lead and teach with demonstration. To paraphrase Gandhi, “We be the
change we want to see in the world.”
- Be patient. Like a master gardener, we
know that the seeds we plant today will require time before they sprout and
emerge as the beautiful plants they are meant to be. The same is true for all
of us. We reap what we sow, but this is not necessarily an overnight sensation.
It requires patience, faith and commitment. We must to let the process take its
course, recognizing that there are many factors at play. Seeds and plants
require sunlight just like people in the dark need hope. Seeds and plants need
water just like people need encouragement and support. Contemplate this. We
cannot experience fear and faith at the same time. This is a choice we all need
to make, every moment of every day. What choice do you make? And what example
are you setting for others?
- Be at peace. Peace is not some external phenomenon
that happens occasionally when everyone gets along. It is a state of mind, a
level of consciousness, ever present and always available. There is peace in
every moment. It is the stillness against which we hear sounds. It is the sacred
power giving us life. It is divine intelligence uniting the trillions of cells
in our bodies. It is the kingdom within – not a destination, but a way of life.
Lead with peace and you will witness anxiety melt into grace, and grief morph
into joy, appreciation and gratitude. Recognize and embrace the miracle and
peace that you are, and others will begin to see it too.
There you have it. Five simple tips to be mindful of
throughout the day. Be present. Be positive.
Be proactive. Be patient. And be at peace. Sow positive seeds and you will
experience positive outcomes. This is the law of radiance and attraction. This
is what miracle-minded management is all about. This is what I have practiced
for many years now – raising my children, building a successful business,
writing books and articles, and educating thousands of people all over the