With the run up to Christmas we could certainly use all the peace and tranquillity we can get. It can be a stressful time, especially if we’re the one doing all the shopping, cooking, entertaining, etc.
In using the precepts we set our intention to stay with them just for today.
Last week we looked at anger and how we can release it in a way that is not harmful to us, or others. This week we look at the second precept – worry.
Precept #2: Just for today, I will let go of worry
Worrying is a habit most of us can relate to and is usually related to the future, although not always.
If we worry about the past it’s usually about things we wished we had or hadn’t done, about opportunities missed, about our treatment of another, etc. But it’s in the past and we can’t change what has happened. It may be possible to make amends, especially if it involves another which in turn can put paid to worries.
When we worry about the future it is about something that may (or may not) happen. Often, we worry about our health, our children, money, our job, etc. Some people are constant worriers, I know one lady who worries when she has nothing to worry about.
When we put this into the Christmas context, we worry about all sorts of things – presents, food, the children, shopping, managing to do everything, remembering everything, and so on. One of my happy times is when the shops close on Christmas Eve – nothing more I can do!
Take a few moments to think about what causes you the most worry.
Worries have no power to attach themselves to you, you hold the power over them. You attach worry to yourself. Worry is based in fear. If something frightens you, you worry that it might happen. Letting go of worry or fear is not easy but when we learn to allow life to flow and unfold as it will, we worry less. When you focus on the present moment, as Mindfulness teaches us, you will find you are perfectly ok.
To let go of worry be aware of it and ask yourself if, at this present moment, there is anything you can do to affect the outcome. If there is, do it. If there’s nothing you can do, let it pass to today and revisit tomorrow.
I think this is one of the hardest precepts to get to grips with. But if you can reduce your worry just a little it will be well worth the effort.
We’ll be back next week with Precept #3.