“You know that you shine at work and succeed in general when you’re feeling positive, hopeful, and happy, and are tuned in to the pleasures of the present moment. And you tend to fail when you’re anxious, depressed, lost in worries about the future, or feeling guilty and remorseful about the past. To see this clearly is to educate your ego to recognize that saying, “I choose to enjoy this moment,” is the wise action, not just for spiritual well-being, but also for biological survival.
Of course, when you’re in a dangerous situation, you do need to focus on the danger and deal with it. Face your danger! But don’t stay chronically fixated on fearful imaginations about the future. Instead, exercise your freedom to take charge of your mind, use cognitive tools that help you break free from the worry trip – enjoy your life rather than wasting it in anxious contraction.
We all struggle with worrying, and I’m not saying it’s easy to stop feeling anxious. I’m just suggesting that you begin right now to commit yourself to learning how to regularly shift your focus of attention from worry to its opposite – full, confident participation in each unfolding moment. Krishnamurti put it this way: “If your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset.”
John Selby, in Expand this Moment
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