I'm feeling pretty anxious today -- I've got a lot of stuff going on in my life. I'm trying not to get caught up in my thoughts about all these stressors (I am not my thoughts -- I am the one who is aware of my thoughts) but I'm having a hard time. It's ok -- I'm not judging myself for it. It simply is.
I have a patient coming in for an appointment in about 30 minutes. My challenge for today is to set aside my problems (and my thoughts about my problems) so that I can be fully present for my patients. This is one of the most difficult things for me (and probably for many helping professionals).
In this moment, I am aware of my anxiety. I am aware of my thoughts about what is going on in my life. In this moment, I am fully present with my thoughts and my emotions. I only hope that in the next moment -- the moments I share with my patient -- I can be as present as I am right now.