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.
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.
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: