In Ghana, West Africa with my brother Global African Entrepreneur Nii Akwei and the legendary spiritual giant Michael Bernard Beckwith, the founder and director of Agape International Spiritual Center.
Michael has been featured in the film The Secret and numerous times on The Oprah Winfrey Network. 🙏
Over the past week I’ve been going through some tough times with my anxiety. I have experienced panic attacks for the first time in my life, which is terribly scary, but it has also given me even greater compassion and empathy for those who go through this on a daily basis, some for years on end.
Even being in such a beautiful part of the world, following my dreams and doing what I love…anxiety can still impact us when on the surface it seems like everything is perfect!
It’s served as a reminder to me that the key to a peaceful and happy mind doesn’t lie in getting a certain job, being with certain people or living in a certain place. The key lies in the daily practice of mindfulness: living with presence and accepting everything as it is, welcoming it with open arms and grace.
When the panic arises, these are some of the things that help me to come back to the present:
☀️Sun salutations (or any form of exercise where you can sync movement with your breath)
☀️Meditation: I use the @Headspace app as it has a 3-minute SOS track!
☀️Pranayama: deep breathing exercises that help to stop the nervous system’s stress response
I hope somebody out there finds this comforting/ useful in a small way. Any other tips on how to deal with anxiety attacks are greatly welcomed! We’re all in this together lovely people ❤🙏🏽