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 their 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

Catherine Ward Thomas

“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.”

“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

Linda Bloom

“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.”

More Praise for Sheryl’s Work

“This is why I so wanted to do this show”


“Sheryl Paul has been a teacher, a sister, and an inspiring visionary in my life since my twenties”

Alanis Morissette

“Sheryl Paul casts new light on an old subject”

Marianne Williamson


Marion Woodman

“The wisdom and practical advice in these pages can save your sanity and shore up your relationships”

Dr. Christiane Northrup

“Anyone who ever wanted a wise aunt, or even fairy godmother, should grab this book”

Terrence Real

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About Sheryl Paul, M.A.

Since 1999, I’ve had the privilege of guiding thousands of people worldwide through the tricky terrain of anxiety through my courses, blog, books, and private sessions. Anxiety dragged me into the underworld when I had my first panic attack at age 21, and since that time I have been a devotee of the unconscious, endlessly fascinated with the labyrinthian maze of the inner world.

I received my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 1995, published my first book, The Conscious Bride, in 1999, and appeared several times on the Oprah Show from 2002-2004. I started my blog in 2009 and have written weekly ever since. My new book, The Wisdom of Anxiety, will be available in May 2019.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, my husband and I now live in Colorado, where we raise our two amazing boys. To read my full bio, click here.

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