Let Go of Worry

Just for Today, I will Let Go of Worry

worried-womanWorry deals with excessive concerns about the future. Stress from worry leads to imbalances of the mind body and spirit and blockage to the root chakra. Worry depletes our positive energy and often depletes the energy of those around us. Our goal in Reiki, Yoga, and similar disciplines is to build positive energy to the point where it flows out to others.

Simple, practical approach toward worry:
1) If there is no action you can take now to solve the issue, LET IT GO.
2) If there is action that can be taken to solve the issue, TAKE ACTION
3) If you worry now and the worst happens, then you have doubled your misery.
4) If you worry now and things turn out fine, then you have experienced anguish for no reason.

Yogic techniques teach us to concentrate with full awareness in the present moment. Asana (movement), Pranayama (breathwork), Meditation, Mantra (positive repetition), and deep relaxation have beautiful affects on the mind and stress.

Moving through asanas gently brings us to the present moment as we link movement to the breath. Balancing and working through poses forces the mind to focus so it cannot easily wander. Here are some poses that can reduce anxiety.

Pranayama controls and regulates breathing. Inhaling and exhaling slowly and deeply brings calming effects.

“Breathing in, I calm my body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is a wonderful moment.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Alternate Nostril Breathing  slows and regulates the breath, increases blood flow and releases endorphins in the brain. Try it!

Yogic mindset is one of acceptance. Accept that we are all faced with difficulties and setbacks and our response to them determines how we ultimately lead our lives. We make a choice to trust, accepting setbacks as an opportunity to learn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Man surrounds himself with images of himself.”

This teaches us that if you want to be happy surround yourself with happy people and things that bring you joy. Laughter is a wonderful healer. Allow yourself time each day to really laugh and have fun. Life is too short to waste it worrying.