"Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones."
--Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the things I’m working on is to not catastrophize. It’s a mindset in which you take a current situation and give it a negative spin or you anticipate all the things that are going to go wrong in the future. I tend towards the future oriented way of expressing this mindset. I can see dozens of different possible outcomes…mostly negative.
It’s not a fun way to live. But I’ve become more aware of it recently, and so I can now heal it. I can notice when I do it and stop it. The more often I notice it, the more often I’ll have an opportunity to get creative and see some positive outcomes. And maybe I don’t have to spend so much time in the future anyway. Maybe I can just notice, stop, breathe and be in the present moment.
There is much healing going on for me right now with lots of stuff coming to the surface so I can heal it. Through all of this I have to remind myself that healing is really just a revealing of the wholeness that is within me always. It’s easy to get caught up in thinking there are things wrong with me, even when I don’t use that language. Just being in “fix-it mode” is being in the mindset that there is something to fix.
This spiritual path is like walking two paths at once, the path of being human and the path of being Divine. Or maybe it’s like walking a beam between the two and we learn to navigate it by being in balance. One of the ways I do that is by using the spiritual tools I’ve learned over the years. Mindfulness meditation is great for this as are affirmations and affirmative prayer. Affirmative prayer focuses on a positive outcome rather than a negative situation.
I’m grateful to be on this path and am enjoying the journey more often now. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.
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