Don’t Let Future Fears Disrupt Your Present
As Deepak Chopra said, “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” Facing an uncertain future, staying present is needed more than ever. Slight worrying about the future disrupts your focus momentarily, but dwelling on these emotions can seep anxious thoughts deep into the subconscious and even unconscious minds. Suddenly, things that normally seem easy become overwhelmingly stressful and the state of ease feels farther away. By making inner peace your priority, you can confront your fears of the future. Here are some tools to help you rise above a restless mind:
- Cultivate feelings of neutrality. As soon as you begin to sense feelings of fear, remind your negative mind that anxiety and pain do not serve you. The sooner you can become aware of these patterns and think more neutrally, the negative mind will calm down.
- Use a daily meditation practice to work on letting go of your attachments to the future. Redirect the nervous energy into more meaningful and actionable thoughts.
- Be aware of others’ negative emotions in the office and beware of letting them drag you down. These increased tensions can spread like slow poison. It is more than okay to feel for these people in your heart, but know when to come back to focus on yourself and breathe it out again. Bring the conversation back to the present moment if chatter begins to take over meetings and conversations.
- Try your hardest at work not to check social media or news sites. They are tremendous distractions and—particularly right now—are filled with a lot of emotional content that can throw you off balance. Try to take a deep breath and tune into that elongated exhale each time you feel the urge. Let your breath help bring your back to that more mindful state.
- Know when you need to release your own negativity. And I mean physically such as a vigorous exercise set, intense core strengthening session or even throwing some jabs at a punching bag. Or something more gentle like a restorative yoga class or gong meditation. More than ever, try to listen to your body.
- In the evening, make time to journal and check in with yourself. Give your heart space to share how it is feeling. Ponder how you can accept things that you cannot change, and where you can garner the courage to change the things that you can. What can you let go of further? How can you cultivate more feelings of trust?
In the upcoming week, month and rest of year, make the commitment to make inner peace your priority and release your fears of the future. The sense of ease is closer than you think.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Heather Berse, Clarity Kingdom Founder, will be leading corporate mindfulness workshops in London this winter. Topics include Finding Your Edge Through Mindfulness, and Awakening Creativity. Imagine all that could happen and get done if distractions were removed and mindfulness reigned.
For more information, contact Heather.