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Anxiety and Stress: Wake-Up Calls

Garrett avoids parties because he knows how uncomfortable he will be: standing around with a bunch of strangers, trying to make small talk. Ever since Rebecca heard about layoffs two weeks ago she’s been distraught, afraid she’s going to lose her job. Carmen, an accountant, is overwhelmed. Her mother was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, right …

Juggling Uncertainty

(c) Andrew Safer 2016 Seated on the university bus A few minutes’ wait. Three women to the left and right Interacting With their phones Happily occupied and free From the uncomfortable gaps Of silence and dead time. “Lucky them,” you think Remembering when you were standing Awkwardly in their shoes Dying from self-consciousness Now envious …

Mindfulness and the War on Terrorism

© Andrew Safer 2015 When the story arc morphs from the Paris attacks to air strikes in Syria, it begs the question: Are we learning from the lessons of history? Michael Flynn, who recently retired as chief of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, told a Der Spiegel reporter, “When 9/11 occurred, all the emotions took …