Worry is imagining all the things that CAN go wrong. Its like creating a personalized haunted house in your head. Worry is illusions, smoke and mirrors, things that haven’t actually happened for real. Like our kids flunking out in school and having to join the circus!
Back to school time is a popular time for worrying. We help ourselves and our kids by looking worry straight in the eye and seeing it for what it really is – a trick of the mind. The Yogis say the mind is like a wild stallion that must be reigned in. We’ve got to tame that stallion so that it can preform the tricks we want, not put us in danger!
So if you or your kids are worrying this week about back to school stuff, take off the pressure with a little fun by asking, “How bad would it really be?”
The “How bad would it really be?” game helps us learn to laugh at the tricks of the mind and put the mind in it’s rightful place. For instance, if school does go horribly wrong a yogi could get many jobs that a regular education does not prepare them for.
How bad would it really be? If school doesn’t work out, kids can always join the circus! They could do a balancing act on the 80 ft. poles.
How bad would it really be? Since there’s so may animal yoga poses don’t forget the petting zoo fast track.
How bad would it really be? A child who likes meditation may choose Sand Sculpture for their livelihood.
How bad would it really be? Bendy Em seems to be fitting in fine with her yoga background:
How bad would it really be? Look what a calm and steady state of mind can help you with:
How bad would it really be? If none of these work out, this shack may be the dream job of a lot of children:
By facing worry with a light heart we can better transform it and think about what we like instead of what we don’t like. When worry takes the reigns – try playing this game to take the reigns back. Soon you’ll find there is really not that much to worry about after all!
Tame that stallion and go for a pleasure ride.
What games do you play that help adults and kids with worry?
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