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Passion for Life Can Manifest as Major Anxiety during Crisis

I used to think my huge anxiety, angst, and nervousness meant something was deeply wrong with me. Then one day the Goddess told me the intensity of those feelings stems from my wild, free spirit. I would’ve thought that was contradictory, but when She showed me the whole picture, it made sense.


Emotionally and spiritually, I’m in fairly decent shape. Am reasonably serene, given the pandemic and my statistically being at greater risk of dying in it. But anxiety visits. Sometimes, it overwhelms me. Right now, my stomach’s in a knot, but at least I’m not sobbing today.


It really helps when I remember that my abundance of intense feelings is appropriate and part of my passionate nature, and that passion is a gift I was given by the Goddess, and that I enjoy right down to my toes. Feeling passionate about life’s ups and downs of is part of my vitality—my life force expressing itself. I want to honor that.


So I’m letting my emotions be what they are. Mind you, I don’t view that as an excuse for emotional binges. There’s a difference between sitting with my emotions and self-indulgently sitting in them, selfishly wallowing in emotional distress instead of attempting to mitigate it. 


And accepting myself, warts and all, is not tantamount to refusing to be accountable for actions I take based on my emotions. Nor is self-acceptance the same as forgoing self-examination to find the inner roots of my distress, if need be. I also don’t want intense emotions to serve as false proof to me that my problems are worse than anyone else’s. There are other dangers to emotional uproar, e.g., getting lost in self-pity.


 And it’s important I add: I’ve worked hard for decades to lessen my anxiety, angst, and nervousness. My efforts made all the difference. Those difficult feelings are nothing like they used to be. They’re much less frequent and usually much less intense. This has been vital work for me. Stressed emotional states are not only miserable to endure, they also severely damage the body.

But I don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater. I can honor my difficult, intense emotions.


And, dang, if I’m going to succumb to the everpresent message that a woman is supposed to squelch herself so she can be the mild and milquetoast support for a “great” man whose wild passion for life is somehow more worthy and noble than hers. 


Goddess Mother—Diana Queen of the Faerie Folk—thank you for my vitality. Please help me honor my beautiful power expressing itself. Help me reject messages that would have me squelch my very life force. Thank you for getting me through intense, distressing emotions. Thank you for the thrilling intensity of my joy, love, happiness, and hope. Thank you for my passion for life. Thank you for my passion to serve you and all Your children. 

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Francesca De Grandis aka Outlaw Bunny is the bestselling author of "Be a Goddess!" Founder of The Third Road, a Faerie Shamanism tradition that she teaches through both text and oral tradition, De Grandis says, "I'm a trickster working for benevolent chaos Gods, so I don't play mean tricks." Bard, painter, mystical innovator, and busy elf who works part-time for Santa Claus, she blogs here and on her own sites, www.stardrenched.com and www.outlawbunny.com


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