Prayerful Presence Replaces Worry
The cause of most stress and worry lies in thoughts of the past or fretting about the future. The past is gone, not forgotten but tucked away, when our minds choose to tear out thoughts of the past our bodies relive the sensations that were already felt in the past. In this practice of recycling emotions we choose not to be gentle with ourselves. The past events cannot be changed, our perceptions of these experiences can be changed however reaching into our vault of sorrow and pain does not serve us in the present time.
“Being present” is such a meaningful practice that my favorite yoga teachers remind me of weekly. Just today I was reminded, while in a “rag doll” pose that presence is what keeps most of us out of anxiety. I like being reminded of such simple lessons while dropping my head, the act of dropping my head usually with eyes closed helps me to envision worries recently lodged in my brain from events occurring in my past week. While envisioning these worries with my head dropped I picture the worries as objects dropping out of my brain. Why do I do this? My past does not serve me when I allow it to cripple my consciousness in the present, furthermore, how will my future improve if I allow my past to dictate the person I am. Growth and necessary change is inhibited when the energy is wasted in thoughts of the past.
It is a fairly recent practice for me to remind myself not to allow my thoughts to time travel. Time travelling is an escape that is not always crippling but is when brought to incidences that ignites stressful activity in the body. There are those that have allowed past trauma to define who they are letting a “tough life lived” storyline serve as an excuse not to change and be mindful about the present.
The environment we live in and experience will sometimes knock on the doors of time bringing experiences and people around that remind us of the past. Being less reactive to these incidents will help loosen the energy attached to past experiences.
“Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.” I Peter 5:7