Worry Less, Love More

by Scott Noelle

Perhaps you’ve been led to believe that worrying about children goes hand in hand with loving them. But in truth, parental love is far more powerful without worry than with it.

Worries focus all your attention on what you don’t want and put you in a state of fear. This sends a message to your child that you expect bad things to happen. And since children naturally tend to meet their parents’ unspoken expectations, worries are self-fulfilling prophecies.

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Today, if you catch yourself worrying, don’t worry about it. :)

Instead, use your awareness of worry to shift your focus in the direction of what you do want, and reach for thoughts that soothe your worries:

“It’s not the end of the world.”
“It won’t last forever.”
“I’ve successfully handled worse situations.”
“We always find our way.”

Before long you’ll start feeling hopeful, and you’ll feel your heart opening, too. An open heart is all you need for love to flow unconditionally... unhindered by worries.

Originally published on 2007-06-14
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