yogananda

CHAPTER 7

Inner Peace: Antidote for Stress, Worry, and Fear

 Worry and Fear – continues…..

Fear comes from the heart. If ever you feel overcome by dread of some illness or accident, you should inhale and exhale deeply, slowly, and rhythmically several times, relaxing with each exhalation. This helps the circulation to become normal. If your heart is truly quiet you cannot feel fear at all.

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The trouble with us is that instead of living only in the present, we try to live in the past and in the future at the same time. These loads are too heavy for the mind ot carry, so we must restrict the amount of the load. The past is gone. Why continue to carry it in the mind? Let the mind take care of its burdens one at a time. A swan eats only the solid content from the liquid he scoops up in his bill, similarly, we should keep in mind only the lessons we have learned from the past and forget unnecessary details. This will relieve the mind to a great extent.

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When we have too much to do at one time, we become very discouraged. Instead of worrying about what should be done, just say: “This hour is mine. I will do the best I can.” The clock cannot tick twenty-four hours away in one minute, and you cannot do in one hour what you can do in twenty-four hours. Live each present moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. Practice the presence of peace. The more you do that, the more you will feel the presence of that power in your life.

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