OUR ANXIETIES AND HOW BEST TO ELIMINATE THEM
We tend to get anxious about one thing or other. There are various reasons for our anxieties. These are due to job losses or business losses due to Covid-19 pandemic. In fact everybody and every country have suffered due to this infection which is mutating without prior warning. Let’s hope everything stabilizes in the days to come as hope lingers with life. When Prince Arjuna was filled with anxiety and caught in moral dilemma on the battleground of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna came to his succor. Arjuna was in moral dilemma that he has to fight his own blood relations in the battlefield. Lord Krishna gave him enlightening and wisdom filled discourse to allay his anxieties and prevailing confusions. He advised him that it was his sacred duty as a Kashtriya to fight Kaurvas who represented evil. This discourse calmed his mind and his anxieties got evaporated in thin air. One who controls over his mind is tranquil and balance at all situations. We attain tranquility of mind by keeping the mind fully absorbed in Self while performing our duty. We should take lesson from Lord Krishana’s sagacious advice and perform our actions without being concerned about the result of our action then everything will fall in place. No anxieties will haunt us.
In life, the commonplace anxieties are about the health and wellness of our love ones and also financial stringency looming large due to job losses with uncertain future along with lingering thoughts of contraction of infection from any source. In fact there are many stresses and strains experienced from the multiple quarters.
Having reached to the conclusion as to where we stand presently, it is essential that we candidly introspect our own problems and think how best we can come out of the present dilemmas partly due to our own efforts and partly with the help of our well-wishers.
NOT TO BE OVERLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE STRESSFUL THOUGHTS
When a stressful thought knocks our door without any warning, the best way out is to avoid it by adopting some positive distraction. Keep the problem at the back-burner of our mind, for some opportune moments to solve the same. Solution, in fact, lies in solving the rampant problem which has created a stressful situation. Our approach should be just to postpone anxiety syndrome, remembering TIME is a greatest healer.
Many stressful situations could just be taken care as we approach life with positive disposition. But procrastination indefinitely is also not a healthy way of tackling marauding problem. Tackle the problem with cool mindset. If it is within our capacity to tide over the situation, well, it is excellent but if it is not then we can take somebody else’s help. This way, we can surmount many a stressful situations. But in all these we have to be calm, and have positive frame of mind; things will improve. Indecisiveness or putting off things indefinitely will make the problem more complex.
DIVISION OF PROBLEM
The persisting problem could be divided into different parts and each part solved using our experience but without being overawed. The problems could be divided into the following parts:
(a) Problems we can solve using our own resources. The problems which are within our control to be solved using our inner potentials along with using our past experiences.
(b) Problems we can solve by taking the assistance of others. There are problems which we cannot solved by our own selves. We should try solving them by taking the cues of their solution from our well wishers. For this to be possible, we’ve to have cooperative and supportive mindset. We should keep in mind that nothing happens in vacuum.
(c) Problems which could be left unsolved; let the element of TIME solve it as time is a great healer.
(d) Then, where nothing works, God’s will works wonders and should never be forgotten. Here nobody asks ifs and whats. We’ve only to put in our sincere efforts, ultimate result is in His Hands. So no worries or anxieties. Our task is confined to putting in sincere efforts. Keep in mind in His domain, everything works wonders.
(e) Pen down the difficulties you faced in the past and how best your personal initiative helped in solving the same, the same yardsticks or even more evolved ways could employed. This will make our future accomplishments more simplistic and seemingly look like a cakewalk.
UNDERSTAND OUR DESIRES ARE ENDLESS
It should always be kept in mind that our desires are endless. If we have one thing fructified, we would like to have more desires. Subsequently comparison with those who have got everything begins thus it becomes an endless game. Anxiety comes when we are not able to get what we desire the most. Then when we have more than what we require, it becomes a poison since we want to have everything even by adopting unethical ways. Suffice to say that if we have more than what we require, we should fulfill somebody else’s needs. It will earn us Karmic credit and would become a cause of eliminating our anxieties.
EMPATHIZE WITH THE PEOPLE
Those people who are not able to solve their problems on their own by adopting different strategies as given above should be empathized so that such people are delivered off their anxieties. Chipping in at right time and place helps.
WE’VE TO BE CREATIVE
Whatever time we have at our disposal, we should utilize the same purposefully. We should create something beautiful so that people remember us for our creative zeal as the dictum shows: ‘thing of beauty is joy forever’. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men BIBLE.
INDECISIVENESS AND PROCRASTINATION CAN INCREASE OUR ANXIETIES
It has been seen that most of our problems get multiplied by not taking appropriate decisions at the most appropriate time. It should always be remembered that putting off things can make the problem intractable after a period of time. We should always keep in mind the dictum; Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
WE SHOULD BE THE MASTER OF OUR MIND
When our mind is in our control then we can solve any problem which we face. Further, the mind should always be kept occupied otherwise it will become unwieldy then it will behave like the dictums: Idle mind is a devil’s workshop.
SITTING SILENTLY FOR SOMETIMES
We should devote sometime to ourselves by closing our eyes, and use deep and regular breathing to reach a settled state inside. If we are patient enough to practice regular meditation, do that. It will make a world of difference in our life. Make it a habit to do something which makes you smile and laugh. In Bible it has rightly been said: The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
NEVER MAKE YOUR LIFE COMPLEX
There are easy way of doing things and there are not easy ones too. Which path is suitable depending on the time and space should be undertaken.As you can see, none of these things are mysterious. They are available to everyone, and if we seriously undertake it, the project of settling your mind can be very effective. This is also a good time to return to our meditative practice to enhance our focus on the mission in hand. A simple breath meditation twice a day would be most effective. By so doing, even a most daunting task would seem easy – a spiritual path, a way of life wherein we associate ourselves with our Supreme Source.