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My main issue
is with my mind and body
this is what makes me feel
one way and another

My mind palpable
buzzing and tight or
relaxed and fluid
and the associated
feelings in the body
that contribute to that
or are caused by it
feedback and
multiple ways

It’s anxiety
that bothers me the most
tight throat, tight head
churning stomach
stew of thoughts

And usually over nothing!

Fortunately I’ve learned stuff

It’s just a matter of remembering
what I’ve learned

What is it that connects this
moment to the lesson learned?
What lasso, platform of grace
makes those neurons connect?

What I’ve learned:
Self-soothing through music, art and writing
conversation, prayer
Self-soothing through putting oneself
in better situations
taking care of what one
handling what one
should handle

How an animal suns itself,
breathing, just being itself
turtle on a log

Cats self-soothe,
they purr if need be
jump start thrums
of happiness

smile, have a warm drink,
a bath, hug yourself

can involve two:
get yourself by
your companion or
family member or friend
and soak up a hug

Develop new habits–
Soothe until you don’t
even realize you are doing
preventative maintenance

Why even call it self-soothing–
maybe it’s just taking care
of yourself–the stuff
of love for yourself!

Love yourself!

~ Lady

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