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WISDOM WITHIN - Octber 2016 - Kansas City

Find Freedom from Worry

By Suzette Scholtes


Ready to board my plane home, LAX announced a bomb threat. Hundreds of us were herded into one hanger. The dogs came out to sniff and explore.


Choice is pivotal to our freedom from worry. I made a choice to help best I knew with meditation and prayer. I made my way to the bookstore, seeking out a quiet corner I faced the wall and began asking for help, protection and guidance.


Turned out it was a real threat. But no one was hurt. I spent the next five hours eating the over-priced airport food, talking to friends and yearning to arrive home, which turned out to be about 2 am. I was safe. Others were safe. All was well.


We all worry. We all have our fears and doubts but this quarter of 2016 in particular is a time to harness and manage them. According to the “wise” ones, there has been an energy “shift.” Time to let go of the past, create new dreams and start new projects. Time to feel light again!


It helps to build our self-esteem and look for ways to feel good. You may have other techniques but here is a start:


  1. l.  Create an image to see yourself as a person worthy of success and happiness. How? Write it in a journal and practice positive self-talk. Create a vision board for your health, work, and/or relationships. Cut and paste pictures out of magazines. I hang mine in my garage so I see them every time get in and out of my car.

  2. Get enough sleep, eat healthy food, exercise, get a massage, practice yoga, or any “conscious” choice that comforts and/or eases stress.

  3. Reward yourself for your accomplishments.  Just like the finance experts say, pay yourself first.  Compliment yourself!  Be your own best friend today!

  4. Keep a gratitude note book. Feeling gratitude, happiness and joy are three keys to success.

  5. Fake it until you make it!  It’s a cliché I know but more than that it releases your imagination and creativity! What would it feel like to win or be happy? Imagine.

  6. Never procrastinate.  Pay your bills early, work your projects, and clean the house as procrastination may create anxiety and a bit of self-loathing.

  7.  As you live your day, avoid hurting any one with your thoughts, actions, or words. Avoid gossip.  Stay alive to your inner-most feelings and emotions. Trust your heart. Be honest to self.


Some may say, “This won’t work!” Ah, negative ego trips them up again.  It works. Want to end worry and become happier?  Breathe, relax, imagine, and spend time in the light. And if you get stuck in an airport, may it be temporary and arrive home safe.


Suzette Scholtes’ non-fiction writing won the prestigious “Writers Digest” award. Her passions are writing and yoga and she feels one needs a sense of humor for both. She founded The Yoga School of Therapeutics where she manages one of the regions prestige teacher training programs. 10400 W. 103rd Street,

Overland Park. 




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