Buddhism worrying about the future
Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh: “Do not lose yourself in the past. Do not lose y...”
Then why worry?
In Eastern traditions, the mind said to be the cause of our bondage and the cause of our liberation. But many aspects of the mind are not considered a necessary part of its functions; in particular, worrying is taught to be one of the lowest things we can do. If we adopt a few notions on worrying from the Buddhists, an astounding change can take place.
Buddhist advice for worrywarts
The other day my good friend from back home called me hysterically crying. Every purchase had become an exercise in extreme deliberation. The interviewer looked disgusted, she said—he was probably thinking she was incompetent. He asked her questions in an abrupt way—he was trying to trip her up. Having gone through countless interviews with multiple companies, after sending out dozens of resumes, she was just plain exhausted and starting to feel desperate. As she recalled the anxiety she felt in this encounter, I visualized her sitting vulnerably in front of his desk, and my heart went out to her.
Worry and anxiety are part of life. In Buddhism, the worry is also among the Five Hindrances to enlightenment. The fourth hindrance, uddhacca-kukkucca in Pali, is often translated "restlessness and worry," or sometimes "restlessness and remorse. Uddhacca , or restlessness, literally means "to shake. Over time, the meaning of kukkucca was expanded to include anxiety and worry.