Zen of Uncertainty

The Zen of Uncertainty

The Zen of Uncertainty is powerful.

Uncertainty most will say, is the most unpleasant feeling one can experience. As humans we like to have security — whether it involve the security of shelter, something to eat, a companion or a job. In this post pandemic world nothing is certain. Truths we held true not too long ago no longer apply. I wrote about it Here during the pandemic.

Although I thought things would settle by now —  three years later — it seems everything is still, well … uncertain.

The only certainty is uncertainty … or something like that

Here are 7 things I have been doing to embrace all the uncertainty surrounding the markets, public health, the future or planet and the fate of humanity.

  1. Meditating
  2. Reading
  3. Walking
  4. Enjoying the company of great friends
  5. Breathing
  6. Sleeping
  7. Living

There’s really nothing you can do besides embrace the unknown.

Nothing will make the uncertainty go away but here are 6 things you can do to cope with the uncertainty… of course I wouldn’t leave you hanging!

  • Accept that uncertainty is a normal part of life. It’s ok to not have all the answers and just sit with the feeling.
  • Practice mindfulness and focus on being in the present moment. Living in the now is a powerful feeling that can calm anxiety and other feelings of despair.
  • Reframe your thinking about uncertainty. Try to see it as an opportunity for growth and exploration.
  • Develop a sense of trust. Believe that everything will work out in the end and that you have the strength and resilience to face any difficulty that comes your way.
  • Connect with your support system. Lean on family, friends, and other trusted colleagues to get through the unknown.
  • 6. Take action. Even if you don’t have all the answers, take small steps to move forward. This can help to reduce the fear of the unknown. If you lost a job – get back on the hunt for a new one. If you’re health has spiraled take steps to get healthy. 

enjoy the unknown

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