A friend of mine recently told me about “worry dolls.” According to the story, when the Mayan people have worries, they tell them to the dolls and place the dolls under their pillows at night. In the morning, the worry dolls have taken away their worries.
Sounds like a coaching tool! Any strategy that helps give you space from your unhelpful thoughts (worrying is never helpful) contributes to your presence, peace of mind and well being (and sleep!). Lately, with so much on my mind, I have imagined placing my thoughts on my nightstand before bed or seeing my worries contained in a bubble in the air. You might see your worries (the actual words of your thoughts) going by on cars driving past your home or hear your fears to the tune of Jingle Bells or Happy Birthday (try it).
I bought some worry dolls at Cost Plus as stocking stuffers for my girls, but I think they can come in handy for us adults, too. Sweet dreams.
Troubled? Then stay with me, for I am not. ~Hafiz, ancient Sufi
Photo by Geoff Captain.