Lately I have been talking a lot about stress and worry as I seem to be constantly reminded how useless it is and how it destroys my peace of mind (POM). I can choose 'No worries' if I am awake which is better for my own 'property maintenance' and for others who have to be around me. Recently, I have had more opportunities to choose not to worry and instead do what needs to be done and flow with trust and faith.
I have found it helpful to remind myself of a few things about worry and a simple yet profound technique to have 'no worries'!
First the reminders regarding worrry
ABCD Button Practice
For some time now I have been doing and talking about this practice. I find it very useful.
A. Acknowledge the feeling and thought
B. Breathe and say to yourself
- Please do not Believe that thought
- Please breathe back to the present
C. Connect with loving Kindness
D. Do what presents to do kindly
Relax, Release and Return
Recently I was told about this practice of B. Alan Wallace's. I love the simplicity of it and also have enjoyed the opportunity to change things up a bit. When we are restless, agitated or distracted (sounds like worry could be included here) Alan advises to PAUSE and do three things
1. Invite your body to RELAX
2. RELEASE the thought stream/storyline
3. RETURN to your breath as an anchor for calm
I have found this very useful and hopefully you will too. Why not give it a go - you have nothing to lose except the habit of worry.
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