Thursday, February 27, 2014

Give Up the Bottle...

When technology gets bogged down - as with phones, DVR's and digital cameras - sometimes the easiest fix is to hit the reset button or to take the battery out and put it back in again. The same can be said for the mind. When the carefree spirit is weighed down with the muck of anxiety and worry, it may just be time for a reboot. Here's how:

Find a place to be alone, e.g., a chair, the shower, or other places of solitude. Use this space to focus on concerns (e.g. appointments, loved ones, bills, etc.) The point is to worry, worry, and then worry some more. Observe the link between a thought and its emotional response. This is the first step towards awareness.

Next, focus on what's right in front of you. Our mind makes believe that if we don't stress we must not care and that's simply not the case. If something is important it becomes a priority and success or failure will happen regardless of stress, doubt or worry. Learn to enjoy life's more difficult moments from this perspective.     

Lastly, practice, practice, practice. Quitting worry is just like quitting any other addiction; it takes time, patience and perseverance. If worry rears its little head, as it most likely will, remember there is a time and place for it, and it's no longer allowed to run wild in your consciousness.

"What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash, one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone." - Eckhart Tolle