Every week on The Wisdom Daily, we bring you our favorite reads from sources around the web. Topics on this week’s list include letting go of the past, the difference between anxiety and fear, a gathering space for all faiths, long-distance loss… and more. Whatever is transpiring in your life, may you find the words of wisdom you need.
1. Letting Go
“I simply don’t have the capacity to worry about as many things that I used to really enjoy worrying about…which is really therapeutic, ’cause I can really hold a grudge. Life is so much easier when you don’t hoard your past.”
“Although we tend to lump anxiety and fear together, scientifically there is a distinction. Fear deals with facts and sensory input, like watching a scary movie or seeing a spider. Anxiety, on the other hand, is more about expectations.”
“The answer, perhaps, is neither a ‘mega-church’ nor a ‘mega-mosque,’ but a non-denominational super-space where all these groups could gather…. If [a] mega-sanctuary is to be built by any of these faiths, why not make it a gigantic inclusive shed for them to hammer out their differences – and perhaps see that they don’t have so much to fight about after all?”
“People respond to loss differently, but mourning a far-away loved one must be a see-saw of remembering and forgetting. In a long distance relationship the only thing constant is the lack of physical contact…technology has eliminated so many barriers to communication in many parts of the world. But in a long distance loss, technology exacerbates rather than lessens the pain.”
“We form schemas based on our experiences in life. Once they are formed, however, schemas have a tendency to remain unchanged, even in the face of contradictory information. In other words, your brain creates an ‘auto-pilot’ version of how it thinks the world should work [which] not only impact the memories you have about the outside world, but also the things you believe about yourself.”
“The world creates things [out] of prayers that people pray and have…When you see collectives moving on something, you know that there’s going to be some kind of mass migration to a higher place, and I see that in the world as a whole, not just in America. I see it all over the globe. People are organizing and fusing together to make change, and it’s inspiring. I think it’s part of the natural order of things.”