Black Belt in Inner Peace contains short journal entries I have kept and continue to add to, as I go for a black belt in inner peace by endeavoring to move through each busy and sometimes stressful day with greater grace and ease.
Number 22: Getting clear
Today, when I stopped to relax and catch my breath, I was met by a murky worry that started with the troubling thought of failing at a goal, which my brain automatically believed, evidenced by the emotional jolt it set off making the thought feel real. There was no fact or logic to the worry, just a growing anxiety about to paint my mind into a tight corner. So I practiced sitting with the disturbance without believing a single thought it spun and gradually my mind cleared, the way a glass of cloudy water will clear on its own, and I was passed back to the strength of having faith.