WORRY-BUSTING (Another Inner Peace Symptom)

WORRY-BUSTING (Another Inner Peace Symptom)

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  a disinclination to encourage catastrophic thinking and worrying.  [Worst-case scenarios rarely happen.  Allowing yourself to get caught up in mind-loops about them just makes you dizzy and paralyzes you.]


I am reading a book, BODY INTELLIGENCE:  Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life by the renowned body energy expert and holistic psychologist, Dr. Joseph Cardillo, PhD.  A fascinating read.

It starts from the premise that “you are energy, your world is energy, and everything in your world is energy.”  It goes on from there.

In it, the good doctor combines Western science, technology, psychology, holistic medicine and ancient wisdoms as well as years of experiences and stories to teach you how to tap into your own inherent human energy.  He presents helpful suggestions and strategies that enable you to access this energy and help you live your best life.

One interesting concept Cardillo points out is this:  Unlike other animals, humans have the gift of visualization.  Lucky us.

“Visualize” by Lars Plougmann via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]
We humans can imagine events that haven’t happened and we can actually see them in our mind’s eye.  We can build whole worlds in our heads that don’t exist and plop ourselves right inside them.  We can make up epic stories about what can happen to us in these worlds we make up.

The reason you can do this, Cardillo explains, is because of your brain’s attention network which relies on information you’ve stored in your memory as well as all the millions of bits of external information that’s available to you and how you gather this information together.

We humans are all so good at doing this that we can trigger very real emotional and physical reactions in ourselves.  Consider this.  In the middle of a strong visualization you can have all kinds of feelings and thoughts about the imagined scenario.  You just naturally consider all kinds of possibilities – some good, others bad.

Because we are such integrated creatures and since our minds affect our bodies as much as our bodies affect our minds, visualization can be a blessing or a curse.

You can ride so high on a tide of bliss that you lose your way, like a balloonist tossed around in high winds.  (Bliss feels really, really good.  Mostly, though, you can’t steer well when your head’s all spacey like that.)

Ideally, if you are able to ride out the less-idyllic aspects of your visualization, you can use the swift kick in the behind that’s the gift that the uneasiness and queasiness we call “worry” carries to sharpen your focus on the situation you’re imagining, to enhance your comprehension of its nuances and ramifications, and to effectively execute actions to overcome assorted real-life challenges that you are likely to face on your way to your envisioned goal.

Alternatively, you might be overwhelmed and drown in the anxieties that arise as a result of your visualization of all of the possible disasters, catastrophes and other worst-case scenarios that your mind can conjure.  This last can cause serious damage to your body and your mind.

“Worry” by Kristian Dela Cour via Flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]


Anxiety, which is a natural consequence of worry, triggers your body’s flight-fight response.  This causes your body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol, which can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel.

Physical reactions (in alphabetical order) could include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle tension
  • Nausea
  • Nervous energy
  • Rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling and twitching

Studies have shown that if the excessive fuel in your blood caused by chronic anxiety and all that outpouring of stress hormones is not used for physical activities, there can be severe consequences.  Muscle tension, premature coronary artery disease, and heart attacks are possible.  Your digestive system gets wonky and your immune system gets compromised.

Not only that, but short-term memory loss is not uncommon.  If the excessive worrying and high anxiety continues, they can lead to depression and even suicidal thoughts.

Catastrophic thinking, worrying, and anxiety is not a good alternative.

“don’t worry, be happy” by anthony fain via Flickr [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]


This You-Tube video, “Three Steps to Overcoming Worry” was published in 2014 by depression counselor Doug Bloch who is, himself, prone to anxiety, worry and depression.

Again, here are Bloch’s Big Three:

  • Reel in your mind to the here-and-now, where you are safe.
  • Acknowledge that your catastrophic thoughts are not real.
  • Positive self-talk or action that allows you to focus on the outside world rather than hanging out in your interior spaces help break the hold of a persistent worry.


Another way to deal with the tendency to catastrophize and worry is to develop mastery.

Joshua Slocum was a solo sailor who set out to sea from Massachusetts in a stubby oyster sloop just shy of 37 feet on April 24, 1895.  He said he was going to circumnavigate the planet by himself in this small sailboat.  Everybody thought he was insane.

In his book about his adventure, SAILING ALONE AROUND THE WORLD, Joshua said, “To know the laws that govern the winds, and to know that you know that you know them, will give an easy mind on your voyage round the world; otherwise you may tremble at the appearance of every cloud.”

The young man giving a review about a book called THE WORST CASE SCENARIO SURVIVAL HANDBOOK in this You-Tube video published by 190 granary in 2009 obviously agrees that the best strategy is to figure out what you’re going to do ahead of time.

The book was written by Joshua Pivens and David Borgenicht.


Everybody has a number of concerns that are important but not in-your-face-urgent.  They’re the stuff you know you need to address at some point when you’ve got some breathing room.

The problem is Urgent has a tendency to overshadow Important – things like de-cluttering your life, developing a saner budget or diet, putting together a will, getting your important files and papers organized or upgrading your education — get buried under more mundane things like “What’s for dinner?” and “What are we going to do about _____________ (fill in the blank with some cliffhanger dilemma).”

Martial artist Jim Brault, author of several books about martial arts mindset including A PATH OF MASTERY:  Lessons on Wing Chun and Life from Sifu Francis Fong, suggests constructing a To-Worry List.

Brault says the reasoning behind constructing a To-Do List is that once you write the thing down on your list, you know you will be coming back to it and you will be addressing it so you don’t have to think about it until it’s time to do the thing.

The To-Worry List is a list of stuff you know you want or need to attend to.  These are things that you know you want to address.

They are important, but they don’t have to be done right away.  They’re the things that nudge and poke at you every once in a while or lie there waiting for you to notice them again and again and again.

The To-Worry List, he says, is a promise to yourself that you really are going to look at each issue again.  Write them down.  Let them sit.  Revisit the list and put in some time considering different approaches.

Make decisions as you figure out what you want to do as the next step to move each one forward.  Do one step and finish that step.  Keep on coming back, making decisions, do another step.

Do that often enough and your mind will begin to believe that it can let go of the worry the issue evokes.


My favorite take on this whole thing is this YouTube video, “The 5-Letter Secret to a Worry-Free Life” posted by Goalcast in 2017.

The video features His Grace Gaur Gopal Das, a former software engineer who became a monk, a student of the Vedas and a disciple of Radhanath Swami.

Here’s a poem.



What we talkin’ here?

Who is being done to?

By whom?

And who be doin’ the doin’…

Or the not-doin’.


Are we talking structural constraints?

Are we talking mile-high walls

And fences with concertina wire on top?

Are we talking moats?

Are we talking dead-ended cul-de-sacs

And mazes filled with man-traps

Built like cockroach motels?

Are we talking barred and shuttered windows?

Are we talking triple-padlocked gates?

Are we talking doors with twenty-seven assorted locks

Plus electronic surveillance connections

And flying spy-drones buzzing ’round?


Are we talking border guards and canine patrols –

Or maybe squads of trained jackals and baboons?

Are we talking shackles and chains?

Are we talking those restraining jackets and sticky stuff

They dress you in when you go mad because

There’s no place you can catch your breath

And no place you can stand up straight?


Are we talking economic privileges and sanctions…

A whole other can of nasty?

Are we talking societal mores and pronouncements

Set in ersatz-stone

That damn you ’cause you do

And damn you ’cause you don’t,

All of them promulgated by the fearful

Who hope to turn the Mystery into Disneyland –

Oh, of course,

“For our own protection….”

Trying really hard to shrink the infinite

Into comfortable little boxes

Available at Wal-Mart as a set of four for $5.99?


Are we talking mind-games?

Are we talking emotional push-buttons and whack’em down hammers

Wielded by little old blue-haired ladies in tennis shoes

And their stiff old Robber Baron honeys –

The Guardians of Propriety – in their bastions of status quo?

Are we talking poisoned slings and arrows

Shot by the stainless-steel cute crowd –

The ones with the amassed “buzz?”

Are we talking bitter, bile-laced flamethrowers

In the hands of the designated Victims of the World,

Who are on some perpetual whine or other

About how it is all Somebody Else’s fault

And how, now, THEY gotta pay?


Or maybe we’re talking ’bout

The prove-you-love-me moves,

The expectations and the if-then slides

From the ones in whose hands you have already placed

Your raw and bleeding heart.


Gee, wow.

I’m not a fan.

Does it show?

by Netta Kanoho

Header photo credit:  “Maui” by Francois via Flickr [CC BY-NC 2.0]



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24 thoughts on “WORRY-BUSTING (Another Inner Peace Symptom)

  1. Thomas Ydell says:

    There is a load of good information here.
    very good post.

    I myself haven’t had much problems with worry or stress I have always had a positive outlook on life no matter what’s going on.

    My wife, on the other hand, has suffered from stress, anxiety, and depression. She has been through a lot and has had a lot of operations.

    She is now a lot better.

    I did everything I could to help her get over her depression and anxiety, I did some studies of it when I was in college doing training to become a personal trainer

    Bob Proctor also states it well
    -fear leads to doubt and worry
    -doubt and worry leads to stress
    -stress leads to Anxiety
    -Anxiety is suppressed and leads to depression
    -Depression unchecked leads to disease and decay

    1. Hey Thomas:

      Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts.  Bob Proctor’s progression (fear to disease and decay) is right on!  

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  2. This article says a lot, especially from my own side. I actually play a lot of things in my head. Things I believe cannot even happen but end up messing with my mind. I really need this book, I need the worry free life, a life where I can write down my worries and take it a step at a time. Is it available for purchase? Or PDF version?

    1. Hey John:

      Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts. I do appreciate it.

      I’m not sure which book you are wanting to purchase. I’ve mentioned several.  If you click on the name of the book you’ll be taken to a resource that does offer these books for sale.  Or you can go to Amazon.com, of course.

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  3. Hi Netta,

    I have just read your article of worry busting, There are lots of good information here. very nice post. I have problems of worry or stress I actually play a lot of things in my head, I need to get out from this problem. I really need this book especially from my own side. your article says a lot thank you so much.

    1. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I’m glad the article helped.

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  4. Henderson says:

    Inner peace, that is something that I believe that everyone really wants and that is mostly what makes many people happy as well. I’lI believe that it is something that anyone can find as long as they put their hearts to it. 

    This post was really uplifting and enjoyable. I really hope to be able to read some more of it as well. Nice work here Netta!

    1. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts, Henderson.  I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

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  5. Mugalu Mansoor says:

    For really I have enjoyed reading your article because by it I have got to know how useful is our energy and I have also got to know the causes of worry and so how to deal with worry or how to overcome worry for example so by the tips provided.  I am gonna try out some since I am sometimes  a victim of worry.  Thanks for sharing 

    1. Mansoor, thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I’m glad you found the post useful.

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  6. Hello Netta, I consider this post to be a very good one because of the fact that it has so much issues that people are going through now. 

    I would very much like to watch that last video you just added. I feel like you are writing this directly to me. This is very nice. Thank you very much for sharing this.  (Your poem was also fantastic.)


    1. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts, John.  I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. Jordan Smith says:

    Great article! 

    I agree with your post totally.  I believe we’re all different and all have our own unique way of ‘getting back to ourselves’.  Of course, we become better at knowing all this over time. 

    “Stay Calm Jordan” was the best advice I’ve received so far from one of my ‘deceased advisers’. Thanks for taking time to write on this.

    1. Jordan, thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I do appreciate it.

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  8. I have really enjoyed reading about your experience as you read the book “Body Intelligence” and have to agree with the concept that the book points out as we have the ability to visualize, unlike animals.

    Personally, I can relate to the visualization aspect, as often get my mind wondering about what can change in my feature for the better in life in general. Sometimes with my work, get stressed out without being able to eat and not able to sleep, these two along with cause health issues.

    Like the video referenced in your article about worry-free life. I will be sharing this article with my social media followers.

    1. Jannette, thank you for the visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I have always found our ability to visualize an amazing thing.  It’s probably the best human bennie there is!  (Also, it can be an incredible obstacle, but that’s another story.

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  9. simplecapoeira says:

    WOW! I wish I read this earlier in the year.  It would have been so helpful as I was stressing about something that happened.  Anxiety and depression at the same time. 

    This article definitely reinforces some of the concepts I was introduced to through sites or YouTube channels like “School of Life”, videos of Allen Watts and a few others.

    Reading this reminds me:  Anxiety is worrying about the future and Depression is worrying about the past.

    Great material. I will definitely revisit this article 

    1. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts, simplecapoeira.  I’m pleased the post was helpful to you.

      “Anxiety is worrying about the future and depression is worrying about the past.”  Good one!

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  10. The premise of your article is needed in the world attitude we encounter today. I have found these ideas in an ancient text that brings these issues into the spotlight. We are urged not to worry about tomorrow because there is enough evil to deal with today.

    Also, not to take offense with others, rather do good even to your enemies; they won’t understand that response and not know how to react to you.

    It also urges us to love our neighbors as ourselves.

    Perhaps you recognize this text. It will never mislead the reader or practitioner.

    Always addressing these issues is helpful. Getting this advice from any source will profit the reader if he/she puts them into use.

    Warren – faith-and-fun.com

    1. Warren, I do thank you for adding your thoughts into the mix. You make me smile. Thank you.

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  11. If humans are given the gift of visualization, then it is up to us to think and to dream positive outcomes. Learning to harness our God-given energy will lead to remarkable things in our lives. Since our mind and bodies are all interconnected, we can create healing or destroying impulses that will impact our lives.

    I really feel that the seeds you sow onto your life, both good and bad, will sprout and affect your days. We must strive to think positively and to work with others the same way we want to be treated.

    1. Thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts, Toplink.  I do agree with you.

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  12. Good website the power of the mind is as powerfull as it is if you believe it. Mind power is the power of the soul a lot of people call it energy as stated in this Web when your mind is not right it will cause a misalignment in the physical its a fact

    Thi artical is a helpfull artical to which can give people alternative ways to control them selfs and align their soul and body

    1. Romney, thanks for the visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I do agree with you!

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