Sometimes life leaves us hanging in limbo. Maybe you are waiting for an acceptance letter, reults of a test, or news of a promotion. You might feel some frantic energy around something even more anxiety provoking, like the results of a medical test, or waiting for a loved one to heal from addiction or make better life choices. Your mindfulness practice can be tremendously helpful when you feel like you are waiting for the results of an important decision or outcome.
Here’s how to use mindfulness to embrace uncertainty:
1. When your future feels really uncertain and your anxiety is exceptionally high, it may be counterproductive to try a sitting meditation, you may want to experiment with a moving meditation, gentle yoga, or an alternate breathing exercise.
2. After using one of your mindfulness tools to release the tension from your body, ask yourself what your true intention is for the situation. Instead of getting the perfect job, you might see that your true intention is it to take care of your family. Of coures we all wish for good health but since some health issues are chronic or long term, maybe our true intention is to make sure a sick loved one feels deeply cared for. Instead of getting accepted to a first choice college, we can see our deepest intention is to train for a career that helps others. When we focus on our intention, instead of a specific outcome, anxiety automatically decreases, and many times, creativity and wonderful alternative plans come to mind.
Are you waiting for an outcome? How has mindfulness helped you wait with less anxiety? Share your mindfulness success stories.
We wish you twenty minutes of mindfulness every day!