hilo 1-16-06 033It is easy to become “anxious about being anxious” and “depressed about being depressed.” By learning to have compassion for ourselves and understand the patterns that keep us from a healthier lifestyle, change is possible. Identifying self-defeating patterns whether due to family of origin issues or current experiences can lead to new choices. ¬†Giving ourselves permission to make these changes can actually increase anxiety at first allowing us to “sit with the pain” helps build resiliency. Mindfulness practices can provide a mini-retreat to learn to breathe more deeply, relaxing our mind, body and spirit. Everyone benefits when we learn to take care of ourselves first.