October 5, 2018

SUNDAY 28 OCTOBER, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, here at NBUC

Speaker: Rev Anneke Oppewal, Minister of Religion and qualified clinical hypnotherapist and psychotherapist.

Topic: ‘Anxiety and its many guises, how it affects our lives and how we might find ways to bend our minds towards a more helpful way of living with it. Where does it come from? And where can it take us? In a world where we find ourselves surrounded by ambiguity, overwhelmed with information, we are all in danger of losing ourselves in apprehension, unable to see the wood for the trees, and wondering how we can stay on top of the ever shifting ground of our being.

How and why are we triggered? Lack of discrimination skills, cognitive distortion of reality, lack of compartmentalisation, rumination, self-referencing, feelings of helplessness and being overwhelmed, future orientation, ambiguity, global thinking, they are all patterns that have a role to play. The question is: How do we bend what is unhelpful about these thought patterns into something that is more helpful and learn to be more in control of our own anxiety?’

To be followed by soup and a short service of reflective worship in the church.