OPEN MIND AND BANISH WORRY:
We each have the three energies we need to learn to manage – Body, Mind and Spirit. All three need a good diet – body needs pure food, your mind needs positive ideas and images, and the spirit that you are needs time in silence and stillness to refresh and renew. These are our resources, and each one needs topping up, otherwise we run on empty and disease comes to visit. But diet is just the beginning, next comes exercise and meditation.
The mind is like a parachute – it works best when it is open. How quickly we make assumptions, jump to conclusions and close our mind. How easily we form and hold fast to our opinions and then close our mind. How fast do we make a judgment, slap on a label and then close our mind? A closed mind never knows the delight of playing with possibilities, being enlightened by others point of view or enjoying the diversity of human life. An open and understand- ing mind never assumes, doesn’t jump to conclusions and won’t hold fast to any opinion. Perhaps it is no wonder, a closed mind is not a very relaxed mind.
Worry is otherwise known as ‘fantasized catastrophsizing’ where we create an image of the future and use it to frighten ourselves! Be aware that you are doing it, and then stop doing it; otherwise the image will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Imagine only the brightest future, and so it will be. Besides there is nothing to worry about… unless you are under the illusion that you’re well being and security are dependent on material things. If they are, then you will have many ways in which you can create worry. Possible loss, damage, separa- tion, uncertainty are but a few. Look, you’re killing yourself with worry, all because of the misuse of your imagination. Don’t do it.