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WHAT'S THE USE OF WORRYING

Written by Aziza founder, Laila Ghattas

While correcting my relationship to worry, meaning- This habit I am still vulnerable to despite all I've come to know spiritually and all the evidence in my life that proves everything works out in the end, as I endeavor to shift away once again, life gifts me jewels of help.

Watching the movie 40 Years in Tibet last night, there's a striking moment when the young Dali Lama instructs about problems: "If there is a solution, you don't need to worry. If there is no solution, then worrying is of no use."

I pondered this before sleeping. It's extraordinarily simple, sublime even. Not easy to practice though, and a little counter intuitive for those of us plagued with trying to control the uncontrollable outcomes in love, work and play. (There's a surprise solution for YOU at the end of the article)

Worry is inextricably bound to trust levels. As the remnants of the holes in my own journey to TRUST show themselves via the challenges that face me this moment, today, this day I've decided to just let it all go and remember the good things that happen to me so that I can shift into a more comfortable feeling.

I want to enjoy today. It's that simple. Worrying about anything has never helped. That is one of the few facts written in stone in my life experience.

Jack Canfield describes driving along a road at night, and only seeing ahead as far as the headlights shine. Does that mean the road ends after? Or falls off? No, you just have to take it as it shows itself, as each turn emerges, or obstacle becomes visible. I love this because it's so visual.

When I chose not to worry this morning, this newsletter started to formulate to share with you. A wonderful Winnie the Pooh cartoon on FB inspired me further. Pooh and Piglet are walking in a forest. (" Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, right when we were underneath it?" "Supposing it didn't." said Pooh. After careful thought, Piglet was comforted by this.")

Then there's David Bowie's unexpected passing. "For the last 18 months (we learn only today) David Bowie has known that he was dying. He kept that information private, while spending his final months doing what he'd done his whole life - making outrageously original, beautiful, complicated art. He made a gorgeous album. He created a show, playing right now in New York. And then he released this, his final video, just a few days before he died - on his 69th birthday.

"Look up here," he sings, "I'm in heaven."

Can you imagine, to be making art like this (fearless art that both comforts and challenges) right up to the moment of your death? How do you do that? How do you BE that? To work with your death so imaginatively, in order to perfectly time out the last beats of your life? What a magnificent creature of creation, right to the end." Elizabeth Gilbert posted.

David Bowie lived the Dali Lama's words. There was no solution to his cancer. Rather than worrying about dying, he used his time to make art and live fully, making every day count. He gifted us so much in the process.

The universe conspired to help me fulfill my wish to shift out of worry with all these shinning invitations in the last 24 hours. How can I not trust that?

So here's the invitation: Join me in setting down worry for the time you're reading this. And maybe for a few moments afterwards. Can you stretch out that relief till the evening, then till bed time. Can you suggest to yourself upon sleeping that tomorrow is a new day. Then see what happens. It's what I'm doing right now and the relief is reward in itself.

One last thing. I've been worried about the effects the rising US$ has on Canadians who want to come to the annual Bali Retreat March 5 - 11.

I feel so strongly about the profound life gifts awaiting those attracted to this years retreat (which runs over the Balinese Nyepi Day of Silence!) that out of my commitment this unusual solution presented itself:

If you are Canadian or Australia, the Bali workshop fee is now on par in CAD.
Worry be gone!

Details here BLOSSOMING CONFIDENCE IN BALI Retreat: March 5-11, 2016


Laila Ghattas is an artist, Gestalt therapist and Reiki practitioner. She is an author, public speaker and the founder of Aziza Healing Adventures.

Laila combines creative self-expression with psychotherapy in programs designed to heighten awareness, inspire personal insight and improve the life of those who participate.

Laila holds therapeutic workshops in Toronto, and draws on her worldwide outdoor adventure experience to facilitate international healing retreats for women, couples, mixed groups and corporations.


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