1620s, “greatly troubled by uncertainties,” from Latin anxius “solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind” (also “causing anxiety, troublesome”), from angere, anguere “to choke, squeeze,” figuratively “to torment, cause distress” (from PIE root *angh- “tight, painfully constricted, painful”). The same image is in Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba “anxiety,” literally “tightness, narrowness.”
A recollection towards loosening the squeeze
There is thinking.
Here is awareness, presence, caring.
So long as there can be (thinking|awareness|presence|caring)
- the thinking can be cautious
- the awareness can be caring
- the caring can be compassionate
- the present will be as it is