Regretting the past, worrying about the future, moaning about others are not mindful or productive.
Our world is filled with complexity. There are more variables than we can or want to control. While complexity increases exponentially, our ability to deal with it only increases incrementally, which leads to stress.
We cannot change or solve complexity. We cannot get rid of stress. It is our body’s natural reaction to external stimuli, and it manifests in three main ways: flight, fight or freeze.
However, we can change our relationship with stress. Instead of running in the opposite direction or going into fight mode, we can learn to go towards the discomfort created by complexity and stress. We can find simplicity in the ever increasing chaos and trust our ability to respond accordingly.
Judging and regretting the past, worrying about the future and complaining about others – this is when we are mindless, lost in our thoughts, confused by complexity.