Anxiety is the handmaiden of contemporary ambition.
Cultivate calm and stillness: let go of anxiety as a lifestyle.
He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.
Life is not a tension anywhere except in the minds of humanity.
It's important to give up - maybe daily - the longing to be perfect...what a heavy burden.
All this hurrying from place to place won't bring you any relief, for you're traveling in the company of your own emotions, followed by your troubles all the way.
Stop being tormented by everyone else's reaction to you.
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. What is anything in life compared to peace of soul?
We labour at our daily work more ardently and thoughtlessly than is necessary to sustain our life because it is even more necessary not to have leisure to stop and think. Haste is universal because everyone is in flight from himself.
Stepping out of the busyness is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.
Don't worry about achieving. Don't worry about perfection. Just be there each moment as best you can.
It is always possible to practice releasing the tension in yourself.
Anxiety, the illness of our time, comes primarily from our inability to dwell in the present moment.
Often the moment when we most need to pause is exactly when it feels most intolerable to do so.
Relax; the world's not watching that closely. It's too busy contemplating itself in the mirror.
We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.
What we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.
She was terrified of everything, and terrified to show it.
Rather than relaxing and enjoying who we are and what we're doing, we are comparing ourselves with an ideal and trying to make up for the difference.
We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us.
A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next.
Cultivate intuition and trust faith: let go of the need for certainty.
He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.
Fear exists only in your mind, not in nature. Detach yourself, be strong, trust life, become life.
When we're anxious, disconnected, vulnerable, alone, and feeling helpless, the booze and food and work and endless hours online feel like comfort, but in reality they're only casting their long shadows over our lives.
The three great American vices seem to be efficiency, punctuality, and the desire for achievement and success. They are the things that make the Americans so unhappy and so nervous.
It did what all ads are supposed to do: create an anxiety relievable by purchase.
Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength - carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.
Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude.
You can't always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.
The desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing.
It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.
Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself...do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.
I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
If a problem is fixable, there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.
Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.
A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing the anxiety.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.
Be scared. You can't help that. But don't be afraid.
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?
Men seek rest in a struggle against difficulties; and when they have conquered these, rest becomes insufferable.
I never worry about what I did the day before.
Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are.
We are terrified by the idea of being terrified.
Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.
Create more. Consume less.
Worry is a prayer to chaos.
Ignorance is the cause of fear.
The devil cries when you don't worry.
The universe doesn't allow perfection.
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
You are rich if you can take your time.
Need less, worry less. Simple = Beautiful.
What separates people is how they respond.
During the night we must wait for the light.
What we fear we also desire, and what we desire we fear.
We need, above all things, to slow down and get ourselves to amble through life instead of to rush through it.
Trust yourself. You've survived a lot, and you'll survive whatever is coming.
The beauty we long for is already here.
Lay hold of today's task, and you will not need to depend so much upon tomorrow's.
Today, you can decide to walk in freedom. You can choose to walk differently. You can walk as a free person, enjoying every step.
When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life. It means fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change.
The mind is like a television set with hundreds of channels. Which channel will you turn on?
Of all your troubles, great and small, the greatest are the ones that don't happen at all.
There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.
Excitement and emotion arise when something is not understood. As it is understood, one naturally becomes unfazed. One naturally becomes equanimous.
Time is a great oppressor. It smothers our spirit. Once you're free of the pressure of time you can operate in a state of flow where you move intuitively without being disrupted by a tight schedule. This is the fluid, creative state where you're at ease and function at your peak.
Repeat to yourself: I'm not going to rush anything, not going to stress out or worry about how things will work out for me.
There is nothing more powerful than releasing the need to control and relying on a power greater than you to restore your thoughts and energy.
It doesn't really matter what you are afraid of. Trust yourself enough to confront it, walk through it and survive.
Learning to ignore things can be your greatest power.
Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come.
The truly patient man neither complains of his hard lot nor desires to be pitied by others. He speaks of his sufferings in a natural, true, and sincere way, without murmuring, complaining, or exaggerating them.
It's the American obsession to feel happy all the time that makes Americans miserable. Because then you're upset about being unhappy. And even when you're happy, you're worried about when it'll go away. Thus The Happiness Trap.
Cultivate play and rest: let go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.
The ultimate purpose of inquiry is that it allows us to pause. In the space of a pause, truth can shine through.
Use your time, energy and talents to do the best you can right now. Spend no time wishing it were better.
Everything is fleeting. Why care? Why become emotional about something which is temporary, which you'll soon forget? Just sit back and observe the transience of everything. You'll see how you waste your energy on trifles. Most things are just not worth fretting about.
If you can change your focus, you can change your future. Don't spend a minute worrying about something that you can't control. If something can't be changed by you taking direct action, put it out of your mind. Today's society is overrun with useless distractions.
Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far.
Free time is death to the anxious, and thank goodness I don't have any of it right now.
The cure for anything is salt water: tears, sweat, or the sea.
The level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.
Hope is a kind of opium; it keeps you intoxicated. To tolerate the miserable present, your eyes remain fixed on a faraway star: your hope.
Unresolved thoughts, prematurely pushed out of the mind, pile up in an internal landfill - which eventually pokes out of the subconscious and manifests as chronic, nonspecific anxiety.
This runaway thinking is just a recipe for anxiety, which is always causing me to try and live forward into the next, into the next, into the next. It's keeping me moving, moving, moving, and not happy, and not peaceful, and not present.
What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking it is painful, and that when we imagine we have found it, we don't like it.
You look to others for hope and guidance because you are empty and poor; you turn to books, pictures, teachers, gurus and saviours to inspire and strengthen you; you are ever in hunger, ever seeking but never finding.
Some of us are luckier than others. Some are tough and some are weak. Some are rich and some poor. But no one's superman - in that way, we're all weak. If we own things, we're terrified we'll lose them; if we've got nothing we worry it'll be that way forever. We're all the same.
Do not become upset when difficulty comes your way. Laugh in its face and know that you are in the hands of God.
Anxiety shows that we are too close to the world and too far from God.
Prosperity is ever providing itself with anxieties.
To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one's self... And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one's self.
If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.
You're anxious because you avoid anxiety provoking situations.
Stop worrying about your fcking future. Start creating it instead. Use your present wisely. And fck the past. It's over. Bury it.
Thought is responsible for fear. Thought is responsible for pleasure.
There is nothing that the busy man is less busy with than living; there is nothing harder to learn.
Whoever has learned to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.
Anxiety is the human condition. It's probably the single most pervasive emotion.
Chasing after the things one yearns for is inferior to chasing after the source of the yearning.
The anxiety many feel is a result of trying to live in the world their imagination created, while being forced to live in the real world.
Life seems to be a process of replacing one anxiety with another and substituting one desire for another - which is not to say that we should never strive to overcome any of our anxieties or fulfil any of our desires, but rather to suggest that we should perhaps build into our strivings an awareness of the way our goals promise us a respite and a resolution that they cannot, by definition, deliver.
People think it would be nice to have peace of mind, to be serene, to be calm, to be undisturbed by this, that, and the other. But as long as you make all those things objects of desire, you have defined yourself as lacking them.
No amount of anxiety can change the future. No amount of regret can change the past.
Desire disappears as you become more and more aware. When awareness is one hundred percent, there is no desire at all.
Remember one thing: except for silence, everything else is your imagination - howsoever beautiful.
Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
One is a great deal less anxious if one feels perfectly free to be anxious.
The life of folly is empty of gratitude, full of anxiety: it is focused wholly on the future.
In capitalist societies, consumption is misperceived as the highest form of relaxation.
Life is not even close to being as logically consistent as our worries; it has many more unexpected ideas and many more facts than we do.
Staying occupied is a socially sanctioned way of remaining distant from our pain.
You may have a Rolls-Royce, a big house, a lovely garden, a title, a degree, but inwardly life is an everlasting battle.
Don't hope for a life without problems. There's no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.
In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is to retreat and withdraw from reality, taking recourse either in fantasies of the future or in modified visions of a half-imagined past.
Get it done now. The anxiety of continually thinking about a task you're not doing, and beating yourself up over it, is often more difficult than actually doing it.
A person busy kicking themselves over what has happened in the past, or biting their nails over what might happen in the future, is a person who is not busy with life.
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.
But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.
Anxiety is the fear of more fear.
Unless we face imminent physical harm, fear is just bad management of our mind.
The nature of fear is anticipatory.
What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope.
A mind which constantly seeks security and certainty; is a very miserable mind.
Fear is born of a lack of understanding, the need to control, and, more important, the absence of love.
Anxiety is practicing failure in advance. Anxiety is needless and imaginary. It's fear about fear, fear that means nothing.
There is fear of the present, of the future, fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of not fulfilling, fear of not being loved - there are so many fears, all created by the machinery of thought.
Remain with fear, don't fight it. The more you fight it, the more there is fear.
Put aside every form of belief, then there is no fear whatsoever.
Fear is a place that has not yet discovered love.
So much of our time is spent worrying about the opinions of people that don't ultimately matter to us.
Don't waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people - unless it affects the common good. It will keep you from doing anything useful.
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
Anxiety, and a fear of embarrassment are slave traits. They keep you chained to your comfort zone, even if you are capable of more. Unfortunately, they are also somewhat hard coded in our DNA, so you need to train yourself to supersede that desire to feel safe.
Anxiety is love's greatest killer. It makes others feel as you might when a drowning man holds on to you. You want to save him, but you know he will strangle you with his panic.
I've spent most of my life and most of my friendships holding my breath and hoping that when people get close enough they won't leave, and fearing that it's a matter of time before they figure me out and go.
After all, what is happiness? Love, they tell me. But love doesn't bring and never has brought happiness. On the contrary, it's a constant state of anxiety, a battlefield; it's sleepless nights, asking ourselves all the time if we're doing the right thing. Real love is composed of ecstasy and agony.
You are anxious because you are identified - lost in the current experience. When you are aware of yourself and the situation in the moment, there is no fear. Your social awkwardness, shyness and defensiveness will disappear when you become an unidentified, objective observer.
Worry is a prayer for chaos.
The biggest cost of the attempt to thrive, is the worry. You even worry about the worrying.
Worrying is a misuse of your imagination.
Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
Worry less and strive to reduce your fears. Years from now, you'll shake your head at the way minor matters used to trouble you.
Living a life somewhere else in your mind is nothing more than being a prisoner where you are.
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
The ego-self constantly pushes reality away. It constructs a future out of empty expectations and a past out of regretful memories.
If you can solve the problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?
You only control your own actions and your own emotions. Only worry about things under your control.
Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.
Perhaps the most exasperating thing about me, about nature and the universe, is that it will never stay put.
People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
She was brave and strong and broken all at once.
True, nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am, but why will say that I am mad?! The disease had sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute.
It is more than probable that I am not understood; but I fear, indeed, that it is in no manner possible to convey to the mind of the merely general reader, an adequate idea of that nervous intensity of interest with which, in my case, the powers of meditation busied and buried themselves, in the contemplation of even the most ordinary objects of the universe.
People tend to dwell more on negative things than on good things. So the mind then becomes obsessed with negative things, with judgments, guilt and anxiety produced by thoughts about the future and so on.
What a liberation to realize that the 'voice in my head' is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Anxiety can just as well express itself by muteness as by a scream.
The punishment of every disordered mind is its own disorder.
To be prisoners to your own desires is of all things most shameful and vile.
The fact that the body is lying down is no reason for supposing that the mind is at peace. Rest is sometimes far from restful.
Why is thought thinking about tomorrow, about which it knows nothing? It wants certainty but there may be no certainty.
As long as the mind holds on to the known it will always be frightened of the unknown.
If you don't make order before you go to sleep, the brain tries to do it when you are asleep.
Thought, thinking about past pain, projects future pain and therefore is afraid of the future.
There's this nexting thing, right? Where you're sitting in one spot and you're thinking about where you should be next. [...] It's always the next thing, the next thing, the next thing, the next thing. That's creating this pervasive anxiety.
Literally just sit down and do nothing. The fact that you can't do that is because there's anxiety that's always trying to make you get up and go, get up and go, get up and go. So just being aware that the anxiety is what's making you unhappy I think is important. The anxiety is just a series of running thoughts.
Tell it to your anxious thought, always worrying about the future, that I will worry about it when that actually happens.
In today's rush we all think too much, seek too much, want too much and forget about the joy of just Being.
Human desire tends to be insatiable.
You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.
The wretched reflect either too much or too little.
You are the biggest enemy of your own sleep.
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.
What I do to combat anxiety is I don't try and fight it, but I just notice that I'm being anxious because of all these thoughts.
Developing an inner refuge where we feel loved and safe enables us to reduce the intensity of traumatic fear when it arises.
We need only pause, breathe, and open to the experience of aliveness within us.
When your inner commentary finally ends, your happiness can finally begin.
If anyone is unhappy, remember that his unhappiness is his own fault... Nothing else is the cause of anxiety or loss of tranquility except our own opinion.
It is not external events themselves that cause us distress, but the way in which we think about them... It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.
Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it - just as we have learned to live with storms.
The more happily and joyously and the more relaxed and without worry a person can take his meal, the more his food starts becoming the right food.