Finitude Posted September 23, 2022 Share Posted September 23, 2022 A coworker was visibly suffering. I asked what's the matter and she said she'd been experiencing panic attacks all morning. After listing, I told her she can get some distance between herself and the anxiety by noticing the anxiety is appearing in her consciousness, but it's not actually her, that she can do an investigation into her own experience and find relief by untangling the anxiety from herself. This absolutely did not help and destabilized her sending her further into a panic, heavy breathing, etc. ... The lesson: DO NOT share these things casually, even in situations like this where help is the intent. I could have just listened to her and told her if she needs someone to talk to I'll listen, which, would be sharing my being and loving this human in silence, rather that attempting to help her dismantle the root system of her anxiety. I felt so horrible. Total discord. Quote Mention Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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