May 26, 2011
Worry (Chinta) and Faith (Sraddha)
Worry is a draining, dis-empowering form of fear that is usually not based in reality. Worry is a habitual response that focuses on a negative or worse possible outcome. We worry that we are going to be late for work, even though fear doesn’t actually help us get there faster. It is unfortunate that many people are stuck in a state of constant worry about things that they cannot change or control.
Worry often relates to an attachment of being in control of life events or other people. Without a connection to the true Self, the ego thinks that it is in charge. Worry also reflects a lack of faith that the universe will provide and support us. Without faith, worry consumes us at life’s every twist and turn that goes in a seemingly “wrong” direction. Faith helps us to realize that life may not always go the way we want, but it gives us exactly what we need in order to learn the appropriate lessons.
Ask yourself, “Do I have faith?” If the answer is yes, in what do you have faith? Now write down one to three worries you experience. Look at your worries and ask yourself the first question: Do you have faith? If you really have faith, then you would have no worries!
~ Robert Butera, Ph.D.