I have been noticing an increase of worry and anxiety, not only in the world, but in myself, and I have begun to wonder how the two might be related. Just now, I saw on my passing computer screen that ISIS is now threatening to kill Prince George while
he is at school. Immediately my heart began to beat faster - this is the first time I noticed this - and I found myself compelled to click on that headline and see what this really says.
I could read the piece, but really I need to read myself. What
is this sudden escalation of anxiety about something that might or might not happen? And if it does happen, it will be heartbreaking indeed, and perhaps the cause of widespread consequences. But it has not happened yet, and it is the threat of it that sends
those ripples of anxiety out into the world. I expect the same is happening with many things I see even in passing, but this morning's moment stopped me in my tracks.
Recognizing the sudden escalation of anxiety from reading something that I didn't
even seek out - this is a turning point of recognition for me. I have been seeing the need for more pausing, more frequently, throughout the day, simply to notice and settle into a more peaceful inner state. This moment gave me that opportunity...but it also
alerted me to how frequently, in today's world, this practice of the pause might be more helpful than I realized.