For those coping with anxiety, a 5-minute guided meditation video from another person coping.
For those of us who try to manage living with an anxiety disorder, the word alone recollects sensations from head to toe.
A tightening of the stomach from the senseless but unstoppable worry.
A weariness in the mind from restless edginess heightened by too much outside our sphere of control.
A tension wound in mind and body from too commonly existing in a state of overwhelm.
Would that frequent suggestion, “don’t worry” produce that desirable effect just as easily?
But for the next few moments, together, we are going to combat the enemy of peace, anxiety, with a guided meditation.
Let the sights and sounds here draw you in, to bring a calm to your heart, mind, and body.
Spirit of the Living God, you are most welcome here.
Make our hearts your Throne room as we enter in.
Here is what Our Loving Father reveals to us about joy and peace in His Word:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!Philippians 4:4-8
Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and
if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
I invite a spirit of gratitude into this space.
I call to mind now one thing for which we are grateful (pause).
Lord, for this gift, I give you thanks and take delight in it.
May I find joy in the Giver of this gift, and all that you give freely out of love for me, Lord.
From anxiety, O Lord, deliver me.
Relieve me from the worry, tension, and restlessness in body, mind, and spirit.
In the Name, power, blood, and authority of Jesus, I bind, break, silence and still any spirits of anxiety, and their companion spirits, and send them immediately and directly to the foot of the Cross to be disposed of by Jesus.
I release my mind, body, soul, and spirit from spirits of anxiety, their companion spirits, and any effects they may have caused.
Relax, release, and alleviate my state of being, Lord.
Envelop my mind and heart in Your peace that surpasses all understanding.
I invite your Spirit into my heart now to take up my burdens.
I make my prayers and petitions known to you now (call them to mind for just a moment now.)
Lord, I open my hands from holding onto any worries, concerns, or need for control regarding these petitions. I free myself from these burdens as I release them to Your Stronger hands.
I see my worries being released from my hands and placed into Yours, Lord.
Now my hands are open to receive Your goodness.
Into my hands, I now receive the fruits of the Spirit.
I receive love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Plant these fruits in the soil of my heart and
let me tend to them daily with the help of Your grace, Lord.
You are a mighty, loving Father. I trust you with my life and all its needs.
I trust you to care for my family, my health, my finances, my responsibilities, my work, my relationships, my home, and every need I have – spoken and unspoken.
I trust in Your provision to take care of everything.
Let not my mind or heart be troubled, Lord.
When the waters begin to rise, let me quickly reinvite peace by
confirming, “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Let me abide in you, Lord.
Let your peace remain in me throughout this day and night.
Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for me.
From your Mother’s Heart, lay all my petitions at your Son’s feet.
Send your spouse, the Holy Spirit, to bathe me in the peace of Christ.
For those coping with anxiety, I’m praying for you.