Constant worry arises from brooding over the future and regretting the past. By habit, we forget the positive results from our past actions and remember only the negative ones. How easily we dig up minor failures from the past to reinforce our gloomy outlook!
‘R’ stands for results . One major reason behind our anxiety for the future lies in our tendency to be physically restful and mentally restless. We want results but we don’t want to work for them.
Youngsters during examinations spend most of their time worrying about their results because they have not studied enough. Once you have worked properly for a result, there is no need to worry. When we have planned something and are working towards it, it can be mentally restful. We must rest less and work more.
‘Y’ stands for “yes”. Worry continues to haunt us because we say ‘yes’ to the mind. There will be many situations where worry and anxiety will enter the mind. But do not say ‘yes’ to the mind. Make up your mind not to worry – that is the secret of controlling the mind. Once your mind is made up, then learning from spiritual texts like the Bhagavad Gita become effective.
In Sanskrit, the word for worry is chinta. A similar word, chitaa , means ‘the pyre that burns the dead’. Chitaa burns us once we are dead; but chintaburns us even while we are alive.
Worry will enter the mind, you just have to refuse to entertain it. Do not say ‘yes’ to worry. Say ‘no’ to worry and to all the sorrows in your life. Swami Chinmayananda once thundered, “Refuse to be miserable!” Try it. It is the secret of life.