Tear Down The Mental House Of Cards
When anxiety and fear come I try to remember these principals that alleviate this:
Accept the present situation completely – Do not resist accepting anything. I don’t have to like the situation, but, resistance is the majority of the problem. The biggest fear is ‘looking bad’. This must be accepted and not resisted.
Don’t feel sorry for myself – Humility dictates that I should not feel that bad things should not happen to me, they happen to everyone.
Don’t insist on being right – Trying to force my will on other people and the world is a major cause of stress and doesn’t actually work.
Be of service to others and to be kind and loving to all – In the end this is my only real purpose in life. I can only be happy if I am grateful.
Mental House of Cards
After long periods of freedom from anxiety and fear, I see that I build up a mental house of cards that always come crashing down. This is the result of making long range plans where ‘this will happen, then this needs to happen, then I can do this, or get this’.
I try to hold this mental house of cards together all day long, day after day, but, not being God I have no control over anything, so the mental house of cards is all ego and self-will run riot.
I can only be grateful for the present moment, I cannot control what happens in the world.
When I tear down the mental house of cards, and accept life with gratitude, the anxiety and fear has no place to live.