“The mind that is anxious about future events is miserable.”
2020 has already been quite a year, and we’re only halfway through, and it’s tempting to worry about all the things that haven’t happened yet this year. This year has been one of the most uncertain and unpredictable times many people have ever lived through. It’s natural to worry about what is going to happen next. However, it does absolutely nothing to fix anything. Often we know that worrying doesn’t fix anything, but we don’t feel it. We still have feelings of fear from things that have yet to happen. This is why having a meditation practice is so important, we need to be active in slowing down and recognizing our thoughts. Many times it will allow us to beliefs that aren’t true, or at least not useful. To quote Lao Tzu, “If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” I highly encourage you to adopt some kind of meditation habit at this time. It is a muscle that you have to exercise, so it requires consistent practice. However, the returns that meditation makes are fantastic. Outside of the health benefits of meditation, the habit of noticing your thoughts and recognizing them for what they are, not getting caught up in the story, will change your life. I highly recommend the Oak meditation app, created by Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg. It teaches mindfulness for free, and mantra meditation for $6 if you’re looking to splurge. Take some time to slow down today, even just for a minute, even if it’s one breath. If you’re anxious about the future, live in the present.