Let’s face it: our world is stressful.
Never before has so much been expected of individual human beings. Consider that for around 200,000 years, Homo sapiens had little more to account for than which direction to wander in for the next bit of food and shelter. For the past few thousands of years of post-agricultural history, the lives of the vast majority of people have been confined to a single village or town. In turn, their relationships, choices, and — perhaps most of all — responsibilities were somewhat delimited by those circumstances.
Nowadays, things couldn’t be more different. We’re paralyzed and overwhelmed by the constant need to choose between this and that. Our phones are constantly going off, our social media feeds are buzzing, and our boss expects us to respond to email at the drop of a hat (including on a Sunday afternoon). It can feel impossible to switch off, decompress, and collect ourselves.
Fortunately, mindfulness exercises can help alleviate these feelings of anxiety and stress.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in feelings of worry and anxiety. We’re concerned about how a meeting or presentation will go at work. We’re worried about whether we’ll have enough money to pay the bills next month. We stress about our health, our relationships, our past, and our future.
Unfortunately, many of us attempt to address these feelings of anxiety in entirely the wrong way. Our tendency is to try to somehow think our way out of feelings of stress and anxiety: to talk our way out of the vicious cycle of worrying about worrying. However, this is rarely successful. Attempting to use the mind to still the mind is, as the Zen Buddhists would say, quite impossible.
Instead, the key is to simply let go. In this mindfulness exercise and guided meditation, you’ll begin to learn how to let go of feelings of anxiety rather than attempting to control them.
Step-by-step guidance for developing mindfulness for your health, relationships, career, meditation and more!
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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]
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