As I sit here in the evening thinking about going to work tomorrow, I am worried, uncomfortable…a knot is forming in my stomach. I’m wondering what surprises there will be to greet me and what challenges I will face. Once I realize I am suffering, I immediately bring my practice of mindfulness to help me be the observer of what is going on. I notice information coming from conditioned mind telling me something bad will happen and I won’t have what I need or know how to deal with it. I notice these thoughts and I notice the worry that results.
As I look, I see two main themes. First, conditioned mind has a lot to say about how I will perform in difficult circumstances. I get the message that something bad will happen and I won’t know what to do. As a result, I become worried and fearful. When I become aware of these messages, I realize they are lies. The truth is when bad things happen, I typically have all I need to do the right thing. I have successfully dealt with hard situations well and I have resources to help me if I need them. I notice the judgment and lies and let them go. One up on conditioned mind. Woohoo! [Read more...]