Practice: Being immersed in the present moment
When we try not to think about something, we can be sure it’s all we’ll think about, so we have to learn how to gently redirect our mind.
When dreadful thoughts break in to a good day, we are a breath away from imagining them and letting them play out in our minds. At that moment, what helps is to instead state the truth of this moment. What’s happening in our mind is fear fiction, it isn’t a fact, but our body responds as if it is, and we can fall down the rabbit hole of horrible imaginings. Instead, we can take a breath and state what is happening in this moment, for example, “I’m here sitting in a chair”, or “I’m a woman having a good moment with my family” whatever simple truth is happening now. Credit for this practice goes to Toni Bernhard author of How to be Sick.