Let go of the “what if’s” and live in the present moment

Our mind is a great analytical machine, more sophisticated than any computer. But like the promises of “less stress” and “more free time” with which the computer age has lured us in, our mind, rather than streamlining our decisions, can often be caught making life a whole lot more complicated.

Granted, our ability to analyse and assess what is occuring around us is essential to our survival. When we want to cross a road, we don’t just walk out into oncoming traffic: we fairly quickly learn to stop, look and listen. In other words, we use the power of the mind to analyse and assess the risks of the situation – then proceed if we think it safe.

However, this same process of analysis and assessment coupled with our gift of imagination can equally provide us with an endless stream of gloomy possibilities and outcomes of things that may never occur. These “what ifs” can keep us bound in fear and unable to make a decision, to relax, or to be happy with what life is in the here and now.

In yoga, one of the ways we are encouraged to achieve this elusive happiness is to simplify our thoughts. To weed them down until their white noise virtually ceases to exist. How do we do this? We can begin by simplifying our external environment. Because of the intrinsic link between mind and body, if we can reduce the complications in our physical surroundings, the natural result of which will be a less cluttered mental and emotional environment.

Or try this: begin to take each new moment of the day exactly as it is – a new moment full of possibilities. After all do you really need the baggage of “what-ifs”?

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