Today, I’m elucidating the anatomy of Worry in contrast with Meditation using this handy dandy visual I made.
Notice the differences.
Worry and Meditation have commonalities.
• Both activities involve circling/cycling, repeated thoughts, but how they circle is very different and give us different outcomes.
(monotheistic) Meditation centers on the good supreme God, and often the One described in the Bible. The love and presence of God energizes the one meditating. Thoughts and cares are kept in close contact with God, not one’s self or self-interests. Prayer, worship, and centering are interrelated with meditation.
In Worry (in Christians or any one) thoughts are repetitive and ingrown, not centered on apart from self and move toward collapse, snuffing out our energy and health. Worry thoughts stay with the self, and do not move outward or around a stabilizing idea or deity. This causes degeneration into a Worry Spiral that undercuts growth, health, and well-being. Other problems may arise like illness, anxiety disorders, depression, paranoia, and much more.
In part 3, I’ll unpack how to move from Worry, which is negative, to Meditation which is peace and life-giving.
Did you read the previous Post? Please read Part 1 of this series where I discuss some common misunderstanding of Worry.
Do you think I got it right? What does Worry and Meditation look like for you?
Please, let me know.