I have a tendency to stay camped out in my head worrying about ‘what ifs’ that never end up happening. My Buddhist friend has taken it upon herself to show me how Buddhism can really help people with overactive minds, such as myself, clear out that clutter!
If you’re new to Buddhism, I found a really great magazine with helpful tips. Check out Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. I get their daily email called Tricycle’s Daily Dharma, and recently they had a great little quote about ‘what if’ thinking:
“Dharma practice means dealing with what is happening in our mind at this moment. Instead of dreaming of conquering future attachment, let’s deal with the craving we have right now. Rather than drowning in fears of the future, let’s be aware of the fear occurring right now and investigate it.
–Thubten Chodron, from Taming the Mind (Snow Lion)”
Now if only I could remember that!!!