Why Worry? Using Mindfulness Meditation

Living with chronic illness can be worrisome.  I would always worry about medical care, paying for medical bills, and what health complications will occur in the future.  These appear to be legitimate fears but why worry when it hasn’t happened yet?  One should be prepared to care for one’s self but no one knows what medical advances will occur that could prevent complications. 

A technique I have learned is Mindfulness Meditation.  While listening to meditative sounds or music, let your thoughts come in, acknowledge them, but them them go.  Just like watching clouds pass in the sky.  Concentrate on the present sounds you hear rather than on the thoughts.  Do this for at least three minutes at a time or more if time allows.  This will train your mind not to ponder excessively on arbitrary thoughts.

Another way is to use deep breathing.  Relax your body, breath in and hold it for a count of five, then open your mouth to release the air.  Concentrate on the way your body feels as the air goes in and out of your body.  Do this several times to assist with Mindfulness and to relax your body.

I have been using these methods for months and it has notably changed my thought process.  It has limited my concerns for the future and  allows me to focus more on the present moment.  I now live in the current rather than obsessing about the future.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”   Matthew 6:34 NIV

Will talk to you next week,

-Danya


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