17th of December on the PAUSE Advents Calendar

Today we explore what to do when we notice our mind and body getting hooked on worrying thoughts.
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Today’s poem is:

I Worried by Mary Oliver

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?
Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?
Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.
Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?
Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

While we might not be able to give up on worrying, we can practice to not get caught and overwhelmed by them.

Berit

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Berit Lewis