- “Take a shower. Wash away every trace of yesterday. Of smells. Of weary skin. Get dressed. Make coffee, windows open, the sun shining through. Hold the cup with two hands and notice that you feel the feeling of warmth.
You still feel warmth.
Now sit down and get to work. Keep your mind sharp, head on, eyes on the page and if small thoughts of worries fight their ways into your consciousness: threw them off like fires in the night and keep your eyes on the track. Nothing but the task in front of you. Get off your chair in the middle of the day. Put on your shoes and take a long walk on open streets around people. Notice how they’re all walking, in a hurry, or slowly. Smiling, laughing, or eyes straight forward, hurried to get to wherever they’re going. And notice how you’re just one of them. Not more, not less. Find comfort in the way you’re just one in the crowd. Your worries: no more, no less.Go back home. Take the long way just to not pass the liquor store. Don’t buy the cigarettes. Go straight home. Take off your shoes. Wash your hands. Your face. Notice the silence. Notice your heart. It’s still beating. Still fighting. Now get back to work.
Work with your mind sharp and eyes focused and if any thoughts of worries or hate or sadness creep their ways around, shake them off like a runner in the night for you own your mind, and you need to tame it. Focus. Keep it sharp on track, nothing but the task in front of you.Work until your eyes are tired and head is heavy, and keep working even after that. Then take a shower, wash off the day. Drink a glass of water. Make the room dark. Lie down and close your eyes.
Notice the silence. Notice your heart. Still beating. Still fighting. You made it, after all. You made it, another day. And you can make it one more.
You’re doing just fine.
You’re doing fine.I’m doing just fine.”
You’re Doing Just Fine
- We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life. Michel de Montaigne
- If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present. Lao Tzu
- “THE LONG BREATHThis is the long breathYou take in to find peaceYour soul’s only medicineThe cure to your bodyIt’s needed to get throughThe challenges life presents youThis is the long breath You take in to find peace”
The Valley of Skin and Bones
- “Or maybe I discovered something more fundamental: worry is a constriction. A mind narrows when it has too much to bear. Art is not born of unwanted constriction. Art wants formless and spacious quiet, anti-social daydreaming, time away from the consumptive volume of everyday life.”
Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
- “I’ve squeezed as many bookcases in this tiny space as possible. Being surrounded by books and magazines makes me feel calm. It makes the room seem wrapped in a layer of protection. As if nothing or no one can get to me.”
The Dangerous Art of Blending In
- “We’re just strangers passing each other, your anxieties briefly brushing against mine as the fibers of our coats touch momentarily on a crowded sidewalk somewhere. We never really know what to do to each other, with each other, for each other.”
- “Wanting makes the mind restless.”
- The person who trusts can relax into existence. The person who cannot trust remains tense, remains anxious, afraid. Osho
- “I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”
Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
- If a problem is fixable, there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no benefit in worrying whatsoever. 14th Dalai Lama
- “In this fast paced world, it’s important to slow down sometimes.”
- “Life is like a game of chess.To win you have to make a move.Knowing which move to make comes with IN-SIGHTand knowledge, and by learning the lessons that areacculated along the way.We become each and every piece within the game called life!”
The Master’s Sacred Knowledge
- “I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.”
Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl
- We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us. Pema Chödrön
- “You are the biggest enemy of your own sleep.”
- “Tonight is going to be a big night, like any other night, because certain 10 million Americans will not be able to sleep well tonight.”
- If you can change your focus, you can change your future. Don’t spend a minute worrying about something that you can’t control. If something can’t be changed by you taking direct action, put it out of your mind. Today’s society is overrun with useless distractions. Jim O’Shaughnessy
- “I believe there are only three businesses: my business, other people’s business, and God’s business.”
The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth
- Life seems to be a process of replacing one anxiety with another and substituting one desire for another – which is not to say that we should never strive to overcome any of our anxieties or fulfil any of our desires, but rather to suggest that we should perhaps build into our strivings an awareness of the way our goals promise us a respite and a resolution that they cannot, by definition, deliver. Alain de Botton (Status Anxiety, Amazon Book)
- “It’s no good to physically distance yourself from someone in your life, if you’re just gonna let them live in your mind.”
Curtis Tyrone Jones
- “The Sleep Problem today is not as much about being able to sleep for 7 hours; it is more about being able to sleep when you are ready to.”
- “When I was twelve, one of two things happened. First, I became obsessed with spirituality./ I don’t have clear recollections of this early teen spiritual search. I don’t know how I found these alternate places of worship, pre-Internet. I asked mom. She doesn’t know either. I can only assume I researched using the Yellow Pages, and junk mail./ I point out this nexus – between my spiritual yearning and anxiety – because it’s helped me understand my restlessness ever since. Anxiety and existential curiosity are connected. Yes, absolutely, it can become medical when it spirals out too far. But its origins are far more fundamental./ i’ve done this since my early teens – revisited my spirituality on and off. And it’s always occurred in tandem with my anxiety. Indeed, I listed the help of a spiritual counsellor during this time.”
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful: A New Story About Anxiety
- The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha
- “We should never worry too much about what people think of us. But we should worry a lot about what the world of karma thinks of us.”
- Humans aren’t evolved to worry about everything happening outside of their immediate environment. Naval Ravikant
- I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. Mark Twain
- “I feel a resurgence of my 6-year-old self… that little warrior, goddess of a girl reminding me of who I was when I was little, before the world got its hands on me.”
Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl
- What we fear we also desire, and what we desire we fear. Erica Jong
- “While fear depletes power, faith gives wings for the soul’s elevation.”
From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with “The Divine Presence”