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When you are attuned to Reiki, one of the first things you learn is the Five Principles of Reiki. The first principle is:

Just for today, do not worry.

Not the easiest thing to do for someone who jokingly says her middle name is Worry.

Worry is everywhere, from the well-meaning advice from your parents designed to keep you alive to the news warning you about chemicals and bad guys everywhere to internal dialogues and concerns about raising kids and taking care of yourself to… well – EVERYWHERE!

Today is a day when I am trying to avoid worry, too. I am going to the doctor to have a tumor I discovered on my shoulder evaluated and schedule surgery. It’s hard NOT to worry about it. There are so many unknowns and I have to wait for more information.

I’m trying not to worry about it, though. There isn’t anything I can do about it now. Worrying won’t help.

I am taking proper steps in having the tumor evaluated and removed ASAP, and I will do what I need to do to resolve it, ultimately.

But this brings up a lot of other thoughts: Should I do more to avoid issues in the future? Should I change my diet? Should I do more yoga or alter my lifestyle? Is Paleo better or should I follow a vegan diet? Low carb or low-fat? Or maybe a juice fast? Will that affect my metabolism? What if it’s cancer? U.G.H.

And this tumor is the tip of the “worry iceberg” for me. I have 3 children to worry about, a husband who is a pilot and who is often out of town, family relationships, money, work, success, getting clients, writing blog posts…

 

Just for today, do not worry.

It seems impossible to me sometimes.

The other day, as fears and concerns were rolling around my brain, I remembered my Reiki teachings.

I stopped for a moment.

I thought about worry and how that affects me and my mental state – how it blocks me from fully living in the moment.

Do I really need to worry?

I mean, I could allow myself to spiral down into the abyss of always fearing everything or I could be hopeful – even trusting.

I don’t really need to worry about 99% of the things that I worry about.

What if I replaced my worry with something more positive? What if I changed my mindset from concern to hope? What if I let go of what I can’t control and do something about what I can?

What if I trusted the people around me? What if I just lived in this moment without projecting fears into the future?

My present moments might be a lot more enjoyable without worry – and I would be happier as a result.

So, just for the moment, I will not worry. Much. Hopefully.

What do you do to change your mindset from worry to inspiration or action? Please feel free to share your ideas and tactics in the comments below.