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Escape Worry and Find Contentment in the Present Moment

Escape Worry and Find Contentment in the Present Moment
Are you a classic worrier?

Do you ever want to find the pause button to that mental tape loop that bitches about why success is out of your fortune, or why you aren’t doing enough, or why you are doing enough, but you just can’t get to your desired result? Are you living in the past or the future in order to escape your current emotional reality? Why does it seem impossible to just feel content about our lives? You tell yourself, “If so and so happened, my life would rock.” But so and so never seems to happen, does it? It’s a patience game and when you hear about the age of the Mark Zuckerbergs in the world it really messes with your head. We find ourselves in constant competition with ourselves and others in this game we call life. We place so much pressure on ourselves all for approval. Approval of ourselves and approval from others. Will getting that all-around approval finally diminish our insecurity and allow us to feel content about our lives?

What if I told you, you no longer have to compete in this grueling rat race? There is a way to feel content without seeking any approval. In fact there is a way to escape worry altogether.

So how do you escape worry you ask?

All you have to do is be.

Yes, it’s that simple.

This is the most magnificent present of the present moment.

According to Eckhart Tolle,

“We have both an inner and an outer purpose. Our outer purpose changes with circumstances and necessarily involves time, whereas our inner purpose remains always the same: It is to be absolutely present in whatever we do and so let our actions be guided and empowered by awareness, the awakened consciousness, rather than controlled by the egoic mind. We fulfill our destiny and realize our purpose when we awaken to who we are: conscious Presence.”
This doesn’t mean to sit in an actionless cocoon for the rest of your life, but instead wait for the laws of nature to warrant you to do something during the appropriate time and place. Unless nature wants us to do something there is no need to do anything as silly as that sounds. It should not be our desires driving us to take action, but instead reality itself. You can recognize reality’s signals by quieting your mind. From a still mind you can trust your own body, thoughts, and emotions. By doing so you become one with the flow of life, which makes you able to respond perfectly to whatever situation arises.

“By listening carefully within, as well as to our surroundings, by remembering that we are part of an interconnected whole, by remaining still until action is called forth, we can perform valuable, necessary, and long-lasting service in the world while cultivating our ability to be at one with the Tao. Such is the power of wu-wei, allowing ourselves to be guided by the Tao.” – Ted Kardash
So how do you know when you’re out of sync with the present moment or wu-wei?

You can notice your out of the moment when your mind is running on a treadmill of thoughts. You have to be careful about what thoughts you let enter the doors of your mind because your thoughts determine your happiness. Most people think it’s the situation that defines your happiness, but instead it’s your thoughts about the situation. Negative thoughts will beget unwanted emotions. Emotions that keep you from feeling centered and at peace. In contrast, when you do feel centered and at peace, you know you’re in the present moment. Here you are wholeheartedly focused on what is in front of you with complete acceptance as to what is. There is no resistance.

When you do find yourself resisting what is, suffering occurs. This creates more pressure and stirs up unwanted emotions. Suffering can be good though because without it there would be no depth to you. You need suffering to develop humility and compassion. You’ll reach a certain point when you’ll realize that you don’t need the suffering anymore and that’s when you will come into full acceptance with what is.

So there are two options I leave you with. Option one, to live in the present and avoid worrying and suffering. This is the most magnificent present of the present moment. Or option two, suffer and worry until the point of non-resistance. Both paths will get you to the same result, but why on earth would you ever choose option two. Live in the current people. It’s the best way to live.


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