When attempting to keep our thinking within the moment point for the most helpful, least haphazard constructions, how best can we handle it?
“Immediately refuse to worry about the future or the past. Tell yourself you can worry another time if you want to but for the moment you will not be concerned about the past or the future.
“Remind yourself that for all you might have read, or heard, or deduced earlier, it is certainly not inevitable that all unfortunate situations take the darkest of tones, and that indeed the opposite is true; for if such were the case, the world and all of life would have literally been destroyed through disasters and calamities.
“Concentrate upon the present moment but more, concentrate upon the most pleasant aspects of the present moment. If that moment has distracting, unfavorable aspects, then resolutely bring into your mind whatever images delight or please you at the moment.
“These may be very simple. Remember the smell of lilacs, for example, or try to hear the crisp crunch of snow, or try to visualize an ocean or lake. All of these procedures will serve to quiet your mind and body, and build up your own reserves.
“This is an excellent policy to follow, because you can start it wherever you are. It will help alleviate fears and doubts at least momentarily, so that then you can pursue the entire issue later, with more assurance.”
The Way Toward Health, Chapter 12