The Pull

For years I was desperate to escape anxiety. Then I discovered a better way to be free.

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I listen, I listen.

This sound of helicopters

Brings me back

To the present moment.

This is an old meditation tactic: A sound or sight or smell or sensation can be a cue to collect the mind and bring it back to the present moment. It is the reason there are bells in meditation halls. It is the reason behind breathing meditation.

I feel

The pull in my body

Bring me back

To the present moment.

I said this, and — in that moment — I was free.

Writer with a master’s degree in psychology. Helpful, science-backed writing about mental health, mindfulness, and motherhood. www.emilypgerickson.com

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