Often fear originates in our mind because, try as we may, we have little control over the future. And the future is where we tend to look for our security, seeking the assurance that everything will be all right.
The illusion is that we have control over many variables in our daily life and that seems to make us feel better, at least temporarily. However, we really have control over very little, other than our next breath and our next thought. The only thing we have control over is our choice to either react mindlessly or respond mindfully to â€œwhat isâ€ in the current moment.
There it is: To practice the art of uncertainty is to get comfortable with being â€œout of control.â€ By this, I donâ€™t mean being out of control of our own actions and behavior, but rather letting go of the need to control the actions and behavior of other people, including their opinions of us. It also means understanding that we have no control over the future, what â€œshould or shouldnâ€™tâ€ happen tomorrow, but at the same time, it means developing an inner knowing that everything will be all right.
Excerpted from the article:
The Illusion of Control: Seeking Security
by Dennis Merritt Jones.
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