52 FEATS – NUMBER 44 (Not Worrying)

1 Nov

I had a lovely conversation with a friend this weekend, in which we talked about the wasted energy of worrying.  She has finally come to a point in her life where she can just let it go.  Hope/pray/meditate about whatever is going on, and then just step back from it.

Personally, I’m on a first-name basis with worrying; I’ve always been that way.  But deep down, I know that it’s just a worthless attempt at controlling things that cannot be controlled.  And when you put it that way, doesn’t it sound foolish?

I feel like there is definitely a burden on my shoulders right now that could be a cause for full-on, losing-sleep worry: my husband is heading to the orthopedist today with severe shoulder problems; my son needs to see a GI specialist for chronic stomach aches; my dog has to start some new medicine so maybe she can walk without pain again.  JEEZ.  But like my grandfather used to say, “It’s nothing until it’s something.”  So I’m just not going to get worked up about the “what-ifs.”  I’m going to let it go.

This is definitely easier said than done for me – but when I make a conscious effort to do it, it feels like flipping a switch in my brain.  I feel the worry, and I just turn it off.  My house is a wreck and I have to host book club tomorrow night – who cares?  So what if the furniture is dusty and the food isn’t home-cooked?  We’ll still have a good time.

It seems like this is a lesson better learned sooner in life rather than later!

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One Response to “52 FEATS – NUMBER 44 (Not Worrying)”

  1. Lori November 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Not worrying seems really hard. I know. I’ve been there. It really truly is about changing your perception and your way of thinking. If you can shift your perception, things you want to think (i.e. peace and love) come naturally. I find that the easiest way for me to remember that, is by staying centered and focusing on the now. When you choose to live in the moment, you don’t have time or space for worry. You are meeting a need, experiencing joy, expressing gratitude, or whatever. Meditation and yoga help keep me grounded and centered enough to be ABLE to stay focused on the now. It’s a practice, so I continue to struggle with it, just like everyone on Earth. Through my journey into reiki I have come across several really powerful, good guided meditations. Let me know if you ever want to listen to them! Good luck this week. Namaste!

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