One of the most vicious circles that we deal with today is worry. We have a stressful event in our life and we begin to worry. Then because we are aware of the health issues that stress cause we are suddenly worried about being worried.
How do we deal with worry? Well it appears that most of the time we avoid it. We distract ourselves with electronics, games, people, hobbies, ect…
What are we really running from? Is it possible that we are addicted to distraction?
Check out what the philosopher Alan Watts said about worry and how to deal with it.
I know what you are thinking, the secret to stopping the worry is to stop thinking? That has never been the answer to anything in life before. Perhaps that is why it is so powerful, no one would think to stop thinking.
Many people have found that in order to live powerful lives they must train their minds to quiet down. They must learn to live and focus on the now. We have made videos about this concept before that you might remember in the Panic to Freedom Program.
When you take the time to meditate and slow everything down you begin to have a much higher sense of awareness. Even though you are thinking less thoughts you are actually more aware of your environment and the people around you. With practice you will begin to realize things about your everyday life that you were blind to before because your mind was distracting your attention.
You may become so aware that you will come across as perceptive as Sherlock Holmes or even psychic to people around you. For you it will be “Elementary” but to them it will appear almost magical.
Just like Alan says; you cannot stop thinking by trying to stop thinking. That doesn’t work. Instead begin some basic meditations where you focus on your breathing and try to only see, feel, smell and think about what is going on in the room around you. Tell yourself that nothing else exists.
Another thing that helps some people is to pick one thing, maybe a crystal or flower, and put your whole attention on it. Focus on it until nothing else exists in your minds awareness except you and that object.
Sometimes I hear people say that they are too busy to practice such things. I understand, life is very crazy and chaotic at times. That is why it is so important that we find those moments, perhaps waiting in line, to remind ourselves to practice.
You dont have to be home, or in a quiet space to begin quieting your mind. Do it at work, do it in meetings, do it when listening to people speak. Take a deep breath and focus only on that exact moment. Then look around you and see what you see. And let us know how it goes.
Thank you for reading,