Fading Presence Into Future Worry
Thinking about the future is something to look forward to. It is something that gives hope and possibility. It is the hope and possibility that create a vision. The vision may be within ourselves, others or the world.
Meanwhile, a fixation focused on the future becomes an obsession.
The fixation on the future overlooks the present moment. It transforms into attachment of an outcome or result.
Surprisingly, many important steps are overlooked in the process.
Some steps in the process include appreciation for the learning and growth, acknowledgement of utilized capabilities, celebrating the actions taken.
The need to control the outcome is one area where the focus is misplaced.
Trying to control the outcome is driven by the perceived fears. The fears most often threaten love, safety or belonging in one’s life.
We create meanings from an outcome. It could perpetuate the worry of, “if it does not happen in the way I want, then it will mean…”
Eventually, worst-case scenarios begin to present themselves. It begins to drive the need to control.
The stress response becomes active. We view the possible unwanted outcome as a threat to our survival of living.
Refocus The Worry
Focus needs to be directed back to the present moment, which helps alleviate the worry. It needs to be part of where you are now.
In some cases, our inner dialogue asks the question, “Is it enough, am I enough being where I am in this moment right now?” This question wants to immediately take you into the future to escape.
Instantly, deep breaths calm the stress response. You can continue to calm the worry. It needs reassurance of safety. It needs assurance of support.
Let the part of you, that wants to worry, know it is accepted and appreciated. That part of you is acknowledged in the present moment.
Take a step back and look at what might be creating the worry.
You can enroll trust in the steps you have taken. That will allow you to acknowledge they are leading towards the future.
Redirect your focus, what is possible now?
What choices are available to you now?
What steps can you take now?
Being present in the moment is the only way to be guided gracefully along the path to the future.
- What can you do to bring yourself back to this moment?
- What part of you has concerns about the future?
- How might you acknowledge this part of you?
- How might you comfort this part of you by the choices, steps and possibilities that are available in this moment?