Four words that let me let go.

When I began my deeper journey in present-minded living I continued to have a challenge breaking mental habits of obsessing over external events. Work drama, relationship challenges, goal obsessions — you know the drill. Repeating events over and over in the mind, rethinking how to approach the situation next time or how you’ll fix it in the coming days. Thought obsessions turn to worry and ultimately a strained mental stress.

And finally, I came across such a simple four-word statement. It finally encapsulated everything I had been attempting to shift in my mental habits.

Be still and know.

So simple, yet so hard to fulfill. Utterly honest of what we strive to live in.

Every situation is not permanent

Life states are fleeting. Nothing exists permanently. Worry is not going to change your current state any faster. Only time will allow the opportunity for change to come closer. Know that whatever “is” now will likely not “be” in due time.

Find solutions in patience

Being still not only nods to silencing your mental doubts but also understanding that no action doesn’t mean that no action is being taken. Its okay for time to shift life situations. Take the time to leave it be. A new perspective would likely be gained instead of using the current mental state reactions. Trust that your patience will bring you to a better place.

Keeping a positive focus is power

All too often we get quickly bogged down in the negative dealings of our mental challenges. By realizing the situation is short-lived you can flip the switch to focusing on the positive aspects. The best life lessons come from the difficulties of life. Harnessing the positive of that lesson will make it easier to quiet the thoughts to become less stress-inducing.

Just let go

And finally, the end goal that we hope to reach in combining the above— just let that shit go. Know that a conclusion will come when it should come. That your mental state is more important to you than the problem. This is a big leap to get to a present-minded life. The senses you feel in the moment (scent, sight, touch, taste) should be encapsulating you more than something that happened at work 6 hours ago.

Be still and know.