Worry and Spiritual Action

The Worry Treadmill

Quote: “Worry is like rocking, you are doing something but going nowhere.”

We all know that worry is useless. Still we worry. What can we do?

Worrying at night can be decreased by writing down a list of what you can do about the issue. Doing this takes it off your mind and on to a list of “to-do’s.”

It is important to ask yourself “What can I do about this right now?” Taking the action thwarts the worry.

The spiritual remedy for worry is taking action by surrendering what you think should be happening (your will), to Higher Will. Offering your worries to Holy Spirit, or to Higher Consciousness, releases you of their burden. In AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) you are encouraged to accept that of yourself you can do nothing. When an AA participant puts themself in that place of honesty, appropriate action often rises up from a clear mind. Consider surrendering your will. Considering deciding you do not know. The alternative is to be caught in the draining and  unproductive back and forth worry.

Peace to you.

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Quote: “Worry is like rocking, you are doing something but going nowhere.”

Hello and welcome I am Ellen Sutherland and we are being spiritual.

I have a quote for us to day; a Zen quote and it is “Worry is like rocking, you are doing something but going nowhere.” I think that all of us have heard that worry is not something to do. It is non-productive, makes you old and gray, and takes up a lot of thinking time that could allow for creativity to come up in order to problem-solve, and yet we worry. We fret. We worry about others and we worry about our life. We keep projecting into the future.

This quote is offered to all of us in order to consider how unhelpful it is to worry, but more than that. Yes we can be with the idea that worry is like rocking – there is movement in the mind, but nothing happening in your life, except negativity. But to take this the next step, to take it another step, to take it further and say okay, if not worry, what then? What can I do?

One of the tips for people that worry at night that I have found very helpful and I have suggested it to many people, is to have a note pad, or your i phone beside you and whatever is on your mind that you didn’t do, you need to do, you want to do, you can punch it in or write it out to do for tomorrow. Doing so, takes this away from you and out of your head and onto a “to-do” sheet or paper. Taking action is a very helpful thing to do to thwart worry.

The most important and helpful thing to ask yourself is, “What can I do about it right now…right now?” Quite frankly, there are often many many things you can do right now. Many things. Taking action is the habit we need to get into it in order not to be paralyzed by the whole heavy energy of worry but to actually consider that you can take action and do something.

In spiritual life, taking action looks very different than most other life. Taking action means to let go of the worry; to surrender it and to be in the silence and to allow yourself to be open to other possibilities (than how you see it now); to be open to Higher Help and to be open to considering that you do not do the problem solving but something Higher can (if you surrender your will.)

We can sit around and rock and rock and rock and we will rock until we get this lesson. We will rock, we will worry until we have decided we have had it – enough now! We will worry until we decide this is it.

Consider the spiritual way of holding this, holding worry. Instead of rocking, back and forth, batting around the ideas in your mind, consider offering them for Higher Help, offering them to Holy Spirit, offering them to Consciousness, Higher Consciousness, however you hold that. Consider doing that, just giving it over as a gift. “You take it. I can’t do anything.” In the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) groups, for example, this is what they ask you to do. Consider offering your issue, which is addiction, to Higher Help because “Of myself, I cannot do anything.“

That is often the way it is with worry, of yourself you may not be able to do anything but going into a quiet space, letting go of what is going on, giving it over, will stop the rocking. I hope that is helpful.

Peace to you.

The spiritual remedy for worry is taking action by surrendering what you think should be happening (your will), to Higher Will. Offering your worries to Holy Spirit, or to Higher Consciousness, releases you of their burden. In AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) you are encouraged to accept that of yourself you can do nothing. When an AA participant puts themself in that place of honesty, appropriate action often rises up from a clear mind. Consider surrendering your will. Consider deciding you do not know. The alternative is to be caught in the draining and unproductive back and forth worry.

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Ellen Sutherland shares her work through her sites: http://www.beingspiritual.com, http://www.ellensutherland.com and her book: "At Your Heart's Pace",
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2 Responses to Worry and Spiritual Action

  1. Zeal says:

    Wow! Great thinking! JK

  2. Dell says:

    Great hammer of Thor, that is powerfully helpful!

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