This last Cite & Insight for 2016 features a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:
‘Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment.’
It certainly makes sense, and it’s one of the Buddhist teachings. Much stress is caused by worrying about what is going to happen in the future, or by continually raking up issues and problems from the past. It’s a difficult thing to try and do, but think how much happier we might be if we could stop catastrophising about what might happen in the future and concentrate on living in the moment.
I wrote a blog focusing on catastrophising just before Christmas: https://steviet3.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/thursday-cite-insight-invite-22nd-december/
Catastrophising drains our energy, increases our stress levels, and keeps us awake at night. Our bodies go into ‘fight or flight’ mode and become saturated with adrenaline, which can cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and heart palpitations to name but a few. Raking over past wrongs and unhappy life events that cannot be changed could trigger depression, which could affect us for the rest of our lives.
Although anti-depressants can lift mood and have seemingly worked quite well for my 92 year old mother, side-effects are an increased appetite and weight gain, which might only increase the depression in somebody not underweight like my mother is.
Think only of today and what you want to accomplish. Forget the past, and let tomorrow take care of itself. It’ll come soon enough…