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Bury the worry

india Updated: Jun 12, 2012 23:30 IST
Rajyogi Brahmakumar Nikunj

It is the most common daily mental activity and the greatest misuse of mental energy. It is a complete waste of time. And it may even kill. We call it ‘worry’. Is it good to worry? Does it show your care? Does it mean you are cleverly anticipating the future? No. Worry is anxiety based on fiction. It is a series of negative thoughts which damages the natural creativity of your consciousness; and it may eventually sabotage your physical digestive system too.

Despite most of us acknowledging worry as a waste of time and energy, it is still one of the most com­mon lessons we learn from our parents. The myth which is handed down from generation to generation is that “it's good to worry, it shows you care”.

Worry is fear and care is love, and fear and love are polar opposites. If you stop for a moment and become aware of why you worry about someone else, you may also find it is motivated by selfishness as you are really worried for yourself. You are worried about how you will feel if something bad happens to someone else. In fact you are already feeling it! Worry is simply a learned habit, an addiction that is fed by a toxic daily diet of bad news, unfortunate events and tales of personal traumas of others.

For many, worry has become a mental/emotional drug. Or else how come many people think they are quite happy worrying, always! Do you too?

Worry is also a subtle avoidance of ‘now’. It is an escape into a negative future so that the reality of the present does not have to be fully faced and dealt with now. The best and the easiest way to get rid of this habit of worrying is “to live in the present”, rather then escape into a negative future or a painful past. Remember, we can only find peace in ‘now’, we can only live with love now and be fully present and available for others now!