I am a born worrier. Ugh. I wish I could change it, but it is a hard-wired emotion that creeps up on me again and again.
What do I worry about? EVERYTHING. Did I say the right thing? Will that person not understand why I did this or that? What if THIS happens?
You get the drift.
But, lately I feel the worry dissipate. It has happened over the last two weeks like a foggy veil being lifted from my system. And, no, it’s not because I’m meditating more or my yoga practice has ramped up. Though, that always helps. The reasoning is because I see clearly that trying to stop worrying will never work.
Instead, I am working on the other side of what happens when I worry. What do I gain? What positive change is happening?
We give negative emotions a bad rap. But, if you have a negative emotion, it’s not exactly a bad thing.
Instead of just walking around trying to be “happy” all of the time, it’s better to realize the emotion, feel it, and then work for something better.
What we deem as a negative emotion is a chance for a more positive emotion to be born. So, if the emotion is worry, you are working on having faith. As you work through the worry, faith is being recognized and born within you.
Kind of cool, right?
Now the negative doesn’t seem so negative.
So, if you’re feeling sad, happiness has a chance to be realized. If you're feeling angry, you are working for peace. If you’re feeling lonely, you are working to create a feeling of oneness with your fellow humans.
This applies to the state of the world right now, too. Something new is being brought to the surface. I know it seems hopeless at times. I know I feel tired with the weight of it all, and yet, I don't have the right to feel tired about it. I know that it seems like nothing is getting done to resolve the issues at hand.
But, from these negative thoughts it’s possible to see that hope, energy for something new, and an action plan to create positive change is being realized with us as a people.
Start with where you are. What are you feeling? What’s the opposite of that emotion? Work towards that. In making that one small step, you will shift your own life and the lives of everyone you touch.
Yes, the world needs to change. Yes, it feels overwhelming and impossible most days. But, the quickest way to change the world, is the make the changes needed to be the greatest version of your Self.
You’ve got this. We can do this.
Tori Hicks-Glogowski is a yoga instructor and yoga business coach and mentor for yoga teachers. She is the author of the book, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," and has been writing and sharing her yoga experience for the past seven years. Find out more about Tori now.