“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”
~ Eckhart Tolle
How much time do you spend worried? If you suffer from chronic anxiety or worry you’re not alone. Millions of people exhaust themselves with anxious thinking every single day.
Worry is dangerous not only for your mental health, but for your physical health as well. Because the biochemistry of your body can’t tell the difference between a real experience and an imagined one, it responds equally to anxious thoughts in the same way it would a life threatening situation – by releasing stress hormones that can lead to high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, headaches, and insomnia. It really is in your best interest to overcome worry as soon as possible.
What is Worry?
Worry is a by-product of our evolution. As our minds developed the capacity to think about past and future, we also cultivated the ability to visualize all possible outcomes of our tomorrows.
The downside to this process is worry; a fearful state of mind focused only on the negative possibilities. Worry doesn’t have anything to do with your external world; it exists only in your mind. It’s an inner affliction that emerges out of the misuse of your imagination.
How to Overcome Worry
Overcoming worry is a process of re-programming your mind that involves 3 steps:
1. Realizing that thoughts create your reality
2. Learning to live in the present moment
3. Developing the ability to think on purpose
Step #1: Thoughts Create Your Reality
The first step in dissolving worry is to acknowledge that you are not a victim of your Life; you are the creator of it… and you create with the power of your mind. Realize that when you are worried, you are using your creative energy to create what you don’t want. Lasting changes can only be made when you begin to re-program the thoughts that are at the source of every experience. Worry will dissolve when you acknowledge that all problems can be traced back to a belief or habitual thought pattern you have been holding in your mind.
Step #2:Live in the Present Moment
Once you understand that your mind is your greatest asset, you can begin to harness its’ power by learning to live in the present moment. Present moment awareness is the antidote to worry because it results in a quiet mind. Difficulties are resolved easily in this peaceful state because your mind is more efficient and more creative when it is focused on now rather than past or future. To live in the present moment, become conscious of your thinking. When your mind drifts out of right NOW, gently draw it back into the present. The quieter your mind, the more “in-the-flow” with Life you will become.
Step #3: Thinking on Purpose
When your mind becomes quiet you can move on to the final step in dissolving worry, which is thinking on purpose. Thinking on purpose is the process of deliberately choosing thoughts that best serve you. Begin by ditching all the thoughts that cause you stress. When you realize that you have the ability to direct your thinking, it doesn’t it make sense to choose thoughts that activate anxiety instead of excitement. So next time you feel stressed out, rather than ask yourself “what could go wrong”, instead ask yourself “what could go right”? Or one of my favorite thoughts which is… “How good can it get”???
With practice you will come to know that worry is counterproductive. It’s my genuine hope that each and every one of you will realize the joy of overcoming worry. The inner peace you’ll feel will enable you to use your awesome imagination to create whatever it is that your heart desires.