Dr. Anna Kress is a clinical psychologist with over fifteen years of experience providing psychotherapy.

She completed her training as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University and is in private practice in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Kress integrates trauma-informed psychotherapy with mindful self-compassion. She has been a practicing meditator for twenty-nine years and has an interest in the psychology of spirituality. Her research has focused on spirituality among women who are experiencing infertility. Dr. Kress leads educational and experiential workshops on the relationship between emotional health and manifesting goals. Her work has been quoted and featured in a variety of media, including Cosmopolitan, SUCCESS, Girlboss, Shape, Teen Vogue, Yoga Journal, Parents, and Women’s Health.

Have you ever said to yourself...
“Everyone tells me to just relax and then I’ll start attracting what I want into my life. But the truth is that I can’t stop worrying. I pretend to be optimistic, but underneath, I still fear I’m running out of time to manifest my goal.”
“Why is it that I can manifest some goals easily while others get farther away the more I try?”
“I know that I shouldn’t get attached to the outcome if I want to manifest my goal, but it’s just so hard!”
“I tried clearing limiting beliefs and it seemed like a good idea, but more limiting beliefs just kept popping up...and worse yet, my goal still hasn’t manifested.”
“Trying to think only positive thoughts is really stressing me out.”
If any of these statements apply to you, you're not alone.

Manifesting can be exciting one moment and discouraging the next.

To make matters worse, a lot of the tools out there to help you manifest your goals don’t work once you reach a certain level of frustration. This is especially true when it comes to our most longed-for dreams. That’s when anxiety can take over and the frustration of waiting can feel unbearable.

I learned this firsthand when I was a graduate student working on my dissertation research on spirituality among women who were experiencing infertility. They wanted to have a baby more than anything and the emotional distress they were experiencing was understandable and undeniable. The truth is that no amount of mental effort on your part can stand a chance against the emotional turmoil that unrealized dreams can stir up. That is, until you deal with your emotions directly and effectively.

Master your moods. Master manifesting.

Emotions are at the vibrating heart of the manifestation process and having a positive relationship with them is the most direct route to manifesting your long-desired goals.

The problem is that we are rarely taught how to deal with emotions in a healthy way, and so we tend to avoid them—maybe by binge-watching shows, overeating or undereating, sleeping, shopping, overworking, overanalyzing, or spiritually bypassing. Sometimes, we develop full-blown addictions.

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to work on emotions. Thanks to modern psychology and neuroscience, you can start feeling better with just a few tweaks in the right direction rather than waiting around for years while you overhaul your entire emotional life.

When you start working on your emotions directly, you open up to a whole new world of creative possibilities that you couldn’t have accessed before.

Then, suddenly, the “what if” scenarios that used to keep you up at night (as in, What if my goal never manifests? and What if I’m sabotaging myself?) get replaced with …

  • What if I feel good even before my goal manifests?
  • What if I stop worrying about my vibe and whether I’m doing enough to attract my goal?
  • What if I have more compassion for myself and what I’m going through?
  • What if this is what being emotionally fulfilled is all about?
  • What if I’m no longer consumed by my goals and am genuinely surprised and grateful when they show up?

What I’ve learned after over fifteen years of helping people with their emotions and life goals is that prioritizing your emotional health over your goals is often the easiest route to manifesting them. It’s like you threw a party for yourself and your goals decided that they wanted to show up and celebrate too.

I call this emotional alignment. It’s when your emotional health and goals are so aligned that things start clicking into place.

Just imagine what’s possible for you once you are emotionally aligned.

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