worry

If you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness ...

“If you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness, compassion and respect, then you can do any kind of work, in any field, and function more effectively with less fear or worry, not being afraid of what others think or whether you will ultimately reach your goal.”

~ the Dalai Lama, in this tweet

To live a creative life ...

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

~ Joseph Chilton Pearce

Thoughts are not facts alvin March 4, 2018 - 1:37pm

“Thoughts are not facts.”

~ A quote from a local psychologist on the radio.

It seems that people who worry, worry about thoughts, not reality. I remember worrying a few years ago about doing a dance at a wedding, and in the end the reality was that I never had the chance to dance. What a waste of time that worry was.

“Help, I’m stressed”

It’s almost comical how many people tell me they feel stressed, but they won’t even try yoga or meditation.

(They tell me they’re stressed/anxious/worry-a-lot, I seem relaxed, and ask how I do it. I tell them “yoga and meditation,” but apparently they don’t like that answer.)

Practicing mindfulness meditation and yoga to calm the mind

When I meet people who seem stressed out (stress/anxiety/worrying), I try to encourage them to practice mindfulness meditation or yoga. I find both of those practices to be a wonderful way to quiet the thoughts in the mind. It may help to know that the basic practices are 100% non-religious, and both help to teach you how to breathe properly. (I recently learned that people who are anxious typically breathe in their chest, which is the wrong way to breathe. You want to learn to breathe in your lower abdomen.)

Personally, I enjoy living in the present moment, without thoughts about the past or future. I used to be an angry young man, and using these practices to calm my mind has made my life happier and more productive. A couple of times a year I still lose it, but these practices always help to re-quiet my mind.

(I think the image shown was created by Gemma Correll.)

The Worrier's Guide to Life alvin May 26, 2015 - 9:51am

Gemma Correll is one of my favorite artists/illustrators/cartoonists, and her book, The Worrier's Guide to Life, looks great.