Like an egg transforms into a beautiful butterfly, the aim of this blog is to help bring about a change for the better in the lives of those who read these posts. A lot of the posts are presented by Mrs. Sangeeta Hegde; simple stories from which she draws out a moral. I also post uplifting stories from various other sources.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Dealing with Anxiety. Osho.
FEELING ANXIOUS? BE ALERT!
When you feel anxious,
anxiety-ridden, what is one to do? What do you ordinarily do when anxiety is
there? You try to solve it. You try alternatives, and you get more and more
into it. You will create a bigger mess because anxiety cannot be solved through
thinking. It cannot be dissolved through thinking because thinking itself is a
sort of anxiety.
This technique says
don’t do anything with anxiety. Just be alert!
I will tell you one
old anecdote about Bokuju, another Zen master. He lived alone in a cave, but
during the day, or even in the night, he would sometimes say loudly, “Bokuju” –
his own name, and then he would say, “Yes, I am here.” And no one else was
Then his disciples used to ask him, “Why are you calling ‘Bokuju’, your own
name, and then saying, ‘Yes sir, I am here’?”
He said, “Whenever I get into thinking, I have to remember to be alert, and so
I call my own name, ‘Bokuju.’ The moment I call ‘Bokuju’ and I say, ‘Yes sir, I
am here,’ the thinking, the anxiety disappears.”
Then, in his last
days, for two or three years, he never called “Bokuju,” his name, and never had
to reply, “Yes sir, I am here.”
The disciples asked, “Master, now you never do this.”
So he said, “But now Bokuju is always there. He is always there,
and there is no need. Before I used to miss him. Sometimes the anxiety would
take me, cloud me all over, and Bokuju was not there. So I had to remember
‘Bokuju,’ and the anxiety would disappear....”
Try your name. When
you feel deep anxiety, just call your name – not “Bokuju” or any name, but your
name – and then reply to it, “Yes sir, I am here,” and feel the difference.
Anxiety will not be there. At least for a single moment you will have a glimpse
beyond the clouds, and that glimpse can be deepened. Once you know that if you
become alert anxiety is not there, it disappears; you have come to a deep
knowing of your own self and the mechanism of inner working.
Excerpted from Osho, The Book of Secrets, Talk #41