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How to not worry

Wondering how to stop worrying? Want to help calm anxiety? Try this ten-minute guided meditation based on ancient words of peace.

A meditation to help you let your worries go

Worry is part of life. But is there a way to stop worrying or calm anxiety? Maybe you’re looking to start meditating or practising mindfulness, or perhaps you’re looking for a particular meditation to help calm worry.  

This ten-minute meditation based on ancient words of peace will help you process your worries, big and small. 

One Bible writer found himself in difficult circumstances, but still found ways to experience peace. He encouraged those he wrote for to do the same. Here’s what worked for him.  

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Philippians 4.6-9

Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus ... Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honourable.  

The story behind these words

It might surprise you to discover that these words were written by someone in the confines of prison. In difficult conditions, and awaiting trial in Rome for a crime he didn’t commit, Paul, the author, is still able to trust that his God will give him peace. In fact, he dishes out this advice as if it’s written from experience. You get the impression he knows it because he’s experienced it.  

Elsewhere in the letter he says, ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’ 

The ‘him’ Paul’s referring to is Jesus, who he believed Jesus was God in human form – and as such, pretty powerful! Paul’s faith in Jesus was the foundation on which his attitude towards worry lay. You can read the whole of Paul’s letter to the Philippians online; or to find it in a printed Bible, head to the contents page.  

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