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A World of Worry

Posted by [email protected] on April 3, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Many years ago when I first moved to San Diego from Delaware, I faced a lot of uncertainty in my life, especially around work and how to earn money. Soon this uncertainty led to a rather unhealthy dose of worry. Which became a constant monkey on my back. I found myself worried all day long, all evening long, losing sleep and developing pains in my stomach. This lasted for nearly a year and a half. When my work life stabilized and I was able to get through to the other side of the worry, I was finally able to get quiet and reflect back on the past 18 months.


What I saw changed my life.


What could have been a very powerful and joyous time in my life - being single and carefree in San Diego - healthy, exploring options, making friends, trying on new identities and jobs - was instead lost in a world of worry and fear. Immediately I vowed to never again worry about money. This vow soon melded into other areas of my life as I promised to never again worry about anything. Ever.


"You are free to walk through this world without a problem on your mind. You are just having fun experiencing whatever happens next. Because you got rid of the scared part of you, you don't ever have to worry about getting hurt or disturbed." Michael Singer


Most of the time I am able to keep this vow; when I slip I typically catch myself pretty quickly and bring myself back to center. And yet the worry is all around me. I hear it in conversations, in the news, at parties, in emails...


doesn't it worry you that...


what if so and so happens...


what if so and so doesn't happen...


I am so scared about...


we need to start worrying about...


I'm worried about my brother/sister/mother/child/neighbor/lover...


I couldn't sleep the last few nights worried about...


This addiction to worry is so pervasive. It is a muscle that we have been flexing for such a long time most of us don't even notice it's there. Until now. I invite you to watch yourself. Watch yourself without judgement and see how often worry creeps into your daily life. What worries you? Are you able to take a five minute break from worry? Or better yet, if you feel the need to worry, set a timer. 3 minutes. Worry your heart out (there's an expression!) for 3 minutes and then allow yourself to be worry free for the rest of the day. Learn to trust what is going on around you. 


"You are free to walk through this world without a problem on your mind." Indeed.


In peace, Joseph


                        

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