This is a guest post by Gina Rafkind and the sixth stop on her Anxiety Busting Blog Tour. Gina’s mission is to share awareness tips and tools in order to help other creative women who suffer with anxiety to wake up to their life so they can confidently unleash and share their gifts with the world. Gina says it’s time to stop being gripped by fear and hiding out, and time to create more freedom, love and connection! Enjoy!



Welcome to the Anxiety Busting Blog Tour!

What do I mean when I say “Awareness Practice”?


The awareness I’m talking about means to realize, or be conscious of, what’s going on in the present moment.


Usually when we are suffering from anxiety, we are not in the present moment. We are stuck in our head, thinking all kinds of horrible and stressful thoughts. And we are not even aware that we are thinking these thoughts……..that is where the key to healing anxiety lies… increasing your awareness of your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions and your life.


So how do we increase our awareness of life? Yep, you guessed it… having one or more awareness practices that you do ‘on purpose’, every day. And you know, these don’t have to be difficult or take a long time… you’re glad to hear that! And once you begin to practice them, they become more and more a part of your every day rituals, positively affecting your state of being.


Here are some Awareness Practices you can try out:


  • Every time you walk through any door in your home to go outside, take a moment to look up at the sky and notice the beauty that is there….the clouds, the sky…..and just notice them.
  • Every time you enter your car, take a nice deep belly breath before you start the engine.
  • When something happens that you don’t want to happen, notice the resistance in you. Notice where this resistance lives in your body. Feel that sensation in your body, allowing it to be there for a few moments.
  • Any time someone criticizes you, notice that you want to react, but don’t, and see what happens.
  • Every morning before you get out of bed, put your hands on your belly and take 3 deep breaths, feeling the rise and fall of your belly.
  • At night when you go to bed, repeat the step above……………


What an awareness practice does, is it brings you back into the present moment. It does not mean that you do not feel anything, it actually means you feel everything. I know this may sound scary to some of you. But allowing your Self to feel your emotions when they surface, without judgment, is the key to healing. If you do not feel them, they will surface with even more force another day. So suppressing your feelings will not get rid of them for good……it’s only a temporary fix. When you are in the present moment, anxiety lessens. Anxiety needs you to be thinking of past events or worrying about the future in order to exist.


When you are in the moment, being present with ‘what is’, there is spaciousness, openness and a sense of expansion. The more you commit to an Awareness Practice, the more you will have this spaciousness and expansiveness. And when you live more from this place, anxiety takes you over less and less. And when some sort of challenge surfaces in your life, you will be able to respond in the moment and handle the challenge with more ease.


And how does this benefit your loved ones? It benefits them in a huge way! Here are a few of them:


  • You will be a role model to your children in how to respond to life challenges
  • When one of your family members pushes your buttons, you won’t react. And by not reacting, that family member is given the gift of your presence.
  • By giving your family the gift of presence, you allow them the opportunity to become present as well.
  • By allowing your family members the opportunity to become present, you give them the opportunity to heal.
  • By giving your family the opportunity to heal, you help them transform and live a fuller life.


So now I want to ask you something:


Will you commit to having some sort of Awareness Practice? Will you do it every day, on purpose?


Let us know below….and if you are using an Awareness Practice now and want to share, we’d love to hear it!

If you’d like to learnmore on how to heal anxiety, I have a complimentary, content-rich teleclass in which you will learn:


  • One of the MAIN, KEY factors that causes anxiety and how to break free from it. This key factor I will be talking about is a main player that most people with anxiety experience and bringing awareness to it will release the grip of anxiety and bring more freedom and spaciousness to your life.


  • During this call I will also give you a preview of my new anxiety busting program that starts on January 23, 2012 (the day of the first new moon of 2012….a wonderful time for new beginnings :).


Click the link below to learn more about this new program and to register to receive the free teleclass – scroll all the way down and fill out the sign up box at the very bottom.


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inhale ~ enjoy ~ exhale,




Gina Rafkind, CPC

Holistic Anxiety Coach

Gina is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Reflexologist, Reiki Level 3 Practitioner & Licensed Cosmetologist.

She founded VedaSun to help women bust through anxiety so they can wake up to their life and achieve their dreams. Gina does this by sharing the knowledge and wisdom she has discovered throughout her evolving journey of healing anxiety. Her passion is to share these discoveries with you so you, too, can open the channel of awareness and by ‘waking up’, live a happier and healthier life.



*(Petrea here, this is an Affiliate link, but I wouldn’t be an affiliate unless I felt it was fantastic!  Gina is a dear friend and I trust her wholeheartedly!)

15 Responses to “Awareness Practices and Rituals: Why they help heal anxiety as well as benefit your loved ones”

  • gina:

    hola Petrea! thx for being an awesome pit stop on the anxiety busting tour! I appreciate you!

  • The more I practice awareness, the more aware I become! It’s amazing to just “be” with the awareness and not to “do” anything with it. I’m beginning to yearn for the spaciousness as well. It’s a great reward for doing the practice.

  • Thanks for the superb tips Gina. The practise of reverting back to the present moment is so vital when healing anxiety because often we feel we should be *doing* something from a state of busy-ness and chase after unnecessary quests instead of just *being* in the moment and taking bold steps from our Power Centre.

    • gina:

      Yes, so true Stella…..and from being in the present moment, in that ‘being’ state, the actions that come from that place are so much more fulfilling and empowering……like you said, they come more from our Power Center…. 🙂

  • I will make the commitment to do some awareness each and every day. I already do some of this but would love to make it a daily habit. Just BEING. Ahhhhhh.

    • gina:

      hola Hibiscus Moon……daily awareness practice is so KEY…..what a great commitment!…..would love to hear how you make out with it 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing your tips with all of us, Gina. And yes, I’m trying bit by bit to make an Awareness Practice a daily practice. The last did I did was to build a sacred corner in my home – a silent corner – where I would go and meditate for a few minutes.

    • gina:

      That’s so wonderful Margot…….all those few minutes add up! and helps you make incredible shifts in awareness :). Like Echkart Tolle says……one conscious breath is all you need………. much love!

  • I plan to write a post called “I lied to myself” or something like that… in comparison I guess to most I didn’t appear to carry anxiety around with me. I also spend much of my time teaching and inspiring others to leave their anxieties behind (some of this comes through dog training, some in coaching people)…

    So how could I be running around anxiety driven?

    A long story but let’s just say hormonal driven I found myself in the midst of major anxiety. And I HAD to start working on it. And now I know, I had way more anxiety before this incident happened than I thought I did. How do I know?

    I’m so much more AWARE of so many things around me that went unnoticed before. Little simple things are becoming quite beautiful. I’m much more grateful for every single day and what it has to bring. My yoga practice is becoming a place where I really practice serenity, mindfulness, breathing instead of going through the motions and letting my mind race all over the place.

    I practice staying in the moment (like a dog, wag!) and when it gets away from me, I bring myself back and realize all the love, inspiration, intention and great fortune I have in my life right now in this moment.

    Aloha wags!

    • gina:

      Aloha wags back Jt…….awareness is really SO key in relieving anxiety and well, just overall living a fulfilled life. And it doesn’t mean we won’t experience anxiety or other emotions anymore, but the thing is, bc we are aware of what we are feeling, they won’t take us over anymore and cause us to suffer for days on end.

      I practice yoga on the same way………..and that is a huge awareness practice for me bc of my past health issues, my muscles are weaker and I don’t have the endurance anymore, so going through yoga with shaky muscles makes it a ginormous awareness practice bc I get to ‘see’ all the little stories I tell myself sometimes of how I ‘used to be’ so strong….but now my awareness muscle is much stronger, and I guess I rather go around in life with weaker muscles and being aware than the opposite…..actually I don’t guess I want that, I know I would have it this way.

      much love!

  • I definitely find that regularly checking in with myself and noticing how I’m feeling in any given moment can help me move past it IF I allow myself to experience it once I’ve noticed.

    One of the things that dealing with my Dad’s illness right now has taught me is to allow myself to feel whatever comes up for me in the moment if I possibly can… if I’m sitting at my desk in the office, I will literally get up from my desk if I notice feelings of sadness or grief starting to well up, bolt to the bathrooms, and sit there and just let those feelings express themselves. And if I do that, without resisting them? They actually tend to pass pretty quickly.

    If I find myself getting anxious about something, I’ll try to do something similar – I’ll let the feelings of fear and worry arise and let myself experience them. Then, once the initial intensity has passed, I’ll try to figure out what’s actually causing them (assuming I don’t know straight off – mostly I know that to start with), and talk through what I’m feeling with my husband, or write it out in my journal. Sometimes it’s due to something I can do something about – other times, it’s not, but I know that once the intenseness passes, I’m in a much better position to figure out what – if anything – I can constructively do, and what I just need to come to terms with.

    • gina:

      That’s so wonderful Tanja…..that’s how you integrate the emotions so they don’t cause you to get some physical symptoms down the road……..and it’s hard to sit with those emotions sometimes, but that’s the way to heal them. And then once you feel and integrate them (and do this over and over whenever/if they resurface) you take action from a place of presence, which is the best place to come from for taking action……or anything else for that matter :).

      much love!

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