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Caring vs. Worrying

Cory Muscara

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Caring vs. Worrying

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, I have

something for you to ponder.

And that is, what is the relationship

between caring and worrying?

What is the relationship

between caring and worrying?

Specifically, is it possible to care

deeply about something, someone, the

world and not be caught in worry?

I offer this to you as something

to ponder, because I don't

actually have an answer for you.

I think this is a very personal inquiry

that we need to have for ourselves.

And I think it can vary based on context.

There are some people who would say

caring comes from a place of love and

worrying comes from a place of fear.

That might be something you consider.

But I also know for myself that,

yeah, there are a lot of people I love

deeply and I care about deeply and I

also find myself worrying about them.

In those moments, maybe that's

coming from fear rather than love.

I'm not sure, but I'd love for you

to explore this in your own day.

When do you get caught

up in caring for someone?

When do you get caught up

in worrying about someone?

And what is the qualitative

difference of those experiences?

Do they feel like one and the same?

Does caring feel more open?

Does worrying feel more

like a contraction?

I do think one thing that is

common is that worrying does

tend to feel more anxious.

It does tend to feel more tense.

Where caring can feel a little

bit more tender and open.

But these are all things

for you to explore.

And the key thing I'd love for you

to explore is can you do more caring

in your life with less worrying?

What would that look like?

And what is that line between letting

go of worrying and just caring.

So it's something to take into your day

as an inquiry when you find yourself

thinking about someone and maybe worrying

about them, and it's creating a lot of

stress for yourself, just ask yourself,

can I lead from a place of care or love?

Or does this worry feel

important right now?

Is it serving me in a positive way and

potentially serving this person or this

thing that I care about in a positive way?

Just something to reflect on.

Thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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