“I have known a great many troubles in my life – but most of them never happened” ~ Mark Twain
I love these words! They are SO true.
How many of our troubles are mind-made?!
The mind loves to worry, to fret, to prepare for the worst, to catastrophize, to dramatize – it’s all part of the body-mind’s deep-seated survival instinct.
But we don’t have to be at the mercy of our worries. We can learn to choose whether the troubles need our attention or are mind-made.
With mindfulness we learn discernment – the ability to judge well.
So practise checking in with your thoughts daily and ask “Is this real? Or is it my fearful mind trying to trick me?”
And if it’s your fears talking, smile gently to yourself and tell your mind “Thank you, I know you’re just trying to look out for me, but I don’t need to listen to this today”.
And breathe. Let it go or let it be.