The Wisdom of Anxiety

In Sheryl’s long-awaited third book, The Wisdom of Anxiety dispels the myth that anxiety is a problem to be eradicated and presents her signature approach to healing anxiety from the root, which includes approaching it from the mindset that anxiety in all of its manifestations – worry, intrusive thoughts, insomnia, nightmares, physical symptoms – is a messenger from the unconscious pointing us toward areas of self that need our compassionate attention.

Hailed by Alanis Morissette as a “manifesto” for our times, The Wisdom of Anxiety gently yet skillfully guides the reader through their inner world, reducing shame and helping each person chart the unique course that will release them from the stronghold of anxiety and set them on a path toward freedom. Sheryl shows us that anxiety is the wound of our times and, as such, is an invitation not only to heal at an individual level but also to expand the consciousness of our world.

“In this transparent, wisdom-and-knowledge-drenched and poetic book, Sheryl Paul’s broadened perspective on the epidemic of anxiety paves the way for a seismic shift toward a more equanimous and compassionate world. From dating to parenting to trauma to anxiety to navigating life’s passages with grace, Sheryl has written a book unlike any other: at once seeringly intelligent and compassionately practical. It is not only an inspired tome of inclusion and deep kindness, it is also serves as a well-lit pathway back to the truth of who we are and how to navigate life for those of us paralyzed by anxiety, depression, overwhelm, and a sense of hopelessness in our minds, souls, hearts and bodies. The Wisdom of Anxiety is a manifesto for our certain return to wholeness.”

Alanis Morissette

“Already being a big believer in Sheryl’s work over the years, The Wisdom of Anxiety has shown me how much more Sheryl has to share. In a culture where we fear uncomfortable feelings and look outwards for affirmation, Sheryl has shown me how to change the relationship I have with my anxiety. The shift in perspective alone has taken away so much power it once had over my life and my choices. There so much we can learn as a culture from this book and Sheryl’s work.”

Catherine Ward Thomas

“The Wisdom of Anxiety is a rare and radical book that is so deeply wise it will change you from the inside out. Sheryl Paul takes us on a tour through the seasons of the year and down the hidden alleys of our innermost landscapes. Once there she helps us uncover the anxiety that is at the root of our deepest distress and see it not as an illness to be medicated away but as our soul’s loving messenger. Filled with practical wisdom and insights that will make you laugh out loud, The Wisdom of Anxiety is a book for our times; we need it now more than ever.”

Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, PhD, Author of Wounds Into Wisdom and With Roots In Heaven

“We live in the age of anxiety where people relate to anxiety with resistance, shame, denial, and an impulse to medicate it away. Sheryl Paul wants us to consider anxiety as a messenger inviting us to wholeness. Bravo for her carefully crafted reframe of anxiety not as a plague, but an exciting opportunity to evolve into who we can be. Her book is an important contribution to the field.”

Linda Bloom, Co-author of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married: Simple Lessons to Make Love Last

The Conscious Bride

Sheryl’s groundbreaking and bestselling book on the underbelly of the wedding transition where she offers a roadmap to navigate the normal and necessary fear, grief, uncertainty, and vulnerability that most women feel as they relinquish their identity and lifestyle as a single person and prepare to become a wife.

In a culture that upholds the wedding and all that surrounds it as the pinnacle of joy in a woman’s life, women tend to hide their feelings underneath a veil of shame, where they morph into anxiety. When we can attend to these essential feelings at the root, we pave the way for not only a joyful and present wedding day but, more importantly, a healthy foundation on which to begin marriage.

“This is so important and that’s why The Conscious Bride is such a great book if you’re thinking about getting married”


“The Conscious Bride offers engaged women the information they need to approach their wedding day with serenity and begin their marriage on a healthy foundation. If there is one book that will help women with a smooth wedding transition, this is it”

John Gray, Ph.D., author of Men Are from Mars, Women are from Venus

“The Conscious Bride captures the true meaning of marriage as initiation. It deals with every detail of the rite of passage of the wedding, honoring the holding of the tension between conflicting emotions. Splendid!”

Marion Woodman, leading Jungian analyst and best-selling author of Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride

“The Conscious Bride is a wonderful book to help women prepare themselves for their wedding, not just on the outside, but on the inside! The stories are inspiring, comforting, and beautifully presented. Every bride should read this book”

Barbara De Angelis, author of Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know

“The Conscious Bride is a groundbreaking and much needed book”

Christiane Northrup, M.D., best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“Groundbreaking! The Conscious Bride is one of those rare books that can change the way we view a common event like the wedding. It is an invaluable resource, not only for brides, but for anyone seeking to understand the wedding journey”

Robert Johnson, leading Jungian analyst and best-selling author of She: Understanding Feminine Psychology

“Brides in need of a reality check will find The Conscious Bride: Women Unveil Their True Feelings about Getting Hitched a comforting companion”

Bride’s Magazine

“Amid the many books on how to plan my wedding day, The Conscious Bride has become my engagement companion”

Lindsay A. Reed, The Washington Post

The Wedding Planner

Sheryl’s companion book to “The Conscious Bride,” this is a unique planner and workbook that not only guides you toward creating a conscious wedding that reflects you and your partner’s unique vision and creativity, but also offers practical and effective exercises to attend to the emotional component embedded in the practical tasks. Released in 2003 after Sheryl’s multiple appearances on the Oprah Show, it remains the only planner on the market that helps women prepare emotionally for the wedding day and marriage.

The Wedding Planner encompasses issues such as how to deal with blended families, post-bridal blues, adjusting to marriage, and ways to celebrate the first year of marriage. Readers will be guided through every step, from the engagement to the wedding day, and are given guidance on how to make the often difficult and emotionally stressful transition from engagement to marriage. Sheryl encourages couples, particularly brides, to get beyond the million-dollar wedding photos presented in magazines and, instead, envision a ceremony, location, and style that truly reflects the core beliefs of the bride and groom and prepares them for the journey ahead.

Sheryl also gives the reader tools for staying in sync with their mate throughout the planning while learning how to compromise. The Planner will also serve as a keepsake journal that can be referred to throughout the wedding experience.

“The Conscious Bride’s Wedding Planner is an important guide through one of life’s most vulnerable and exciting times. Sheryl casts new light on an old subject, making clear that the natural wisdom in a woman’s own heart is the best bridal consultant she could possibly have.”

Marianne Williamson, best-selling author of A Woman’s Worth and A Return to Love

“Don’t even think of getting married without this book. The wisdom and practical advice in these pages can save your sanity and shore up your relationships with your fiancé, family, and friends during this crucial rite of passage.”

Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

“Sheryl Paul has written a splendid workbook that leads brides, step by step, through a sane, healthy preparation, not just for the wedding, but for everyday thereafter. The exercises and explanations are clear, practical, fun, and powerful. Anyone who ever wanted a wise aunt, or even fairy godmother, should grab this book.”

Terence Real, author of How Can I Get Through To You?

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