When something is worrying us, we often try calming our discursive minds by thinking our way out of the problem. If we are concerned whether a new project is going to be successful, for instance, we hash over all the reasons why the project should work.
The problem is thinking only leads to more thinking – our worries do not cease, and perhaps only worsen.
Moving beyond thinking requires us not to think our way through the worry, but to transcend our minds altogether. There we find the peace and perspective we are looking for. Ways we can do this are:
- Taking some long, slow deep breaths
- Meditation or Yoga
- Doing something fun and creative
- Being physically active
- Spending time with family and friends
- Going into nature
It is much easier to bring the light of Joy and Peace into our awareness than to remove the clouds that shroud our mind. It requires us to release the control of figuring things out, and to trust the unfolding of our life. As we let go, we soon realize that there was no problem in the first place, other than our thinking.
“Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts so seriously.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
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