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“If there is no solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don't waste time worrying about it.”
― Dalai Lama
There is no switch inside, which you can turn off and on. Worrying is not something you actively do. It's something that passively happens - in the background of your thoughts, your subconscious. You can't simply 'stop' worrying after reflecting upon a tired old platitude.
I don't agree. Worry is one of the most profoundly disturbing energies in our minds but you can definitely find the roots of a worry and deal with it. Often a worry about something like war has its origins in worries for loved ones or possessions or disliking the potential for the upheaval of change. All of which reflect attachments to things or ideas.
Worry is a good opportunity for practising insight.
The simple fact is that most of the news we see is about things that are not within the daily sphere of our lives and that we are powerless to affect, other than to say, tut tut how awful. So where is the skilful or beneficial quality of accepting this news?
The other thing to realise is that a terrorist attack killing 10 people is likely killing fewer people than died in car accidents that day in the USA. It's a very small fraction of the population who are truly touched.
What it all comes down to is the news dramatises world events... one week everyone is massively involved in North Korea, the next it's Las Ramblas, the drama continues, it's an endless series of distractions tying you to samsara, while in fact we have much to attend to in the here and now.
Mindfulness on its own is useful, but I think insight meditation might be even more so. Let's hope some people graduate to the more advanced techniques.
@karasti that's a nice summary of my thought too. It feels to me as if forming a view is essential to making a judgment of almost any kind, and without judgment there is no differentiation of what to do or what not to do - one would seem to be left in limbo.
I know that Osho went through a long period of just saying, "that's good" to everything that he was asked to approve, and that other people in the Ashram ended up pre-approving things before they were put in front of him. But a lot of the sutra's do show the Buddha exhibiting some very fine judgment.
Perhaps what is being talked about is acquiring the ability to lay down the habit of forming views. If one could step back from the process of forming views at will, then that would be a very peaceful state, a place where the mind was not constantly forming its approvals and disapprovals to disturb the flow of awareness.
Well that kind of comes back to your views on enlightenment. My admittedly limited view is that the Buddha was a rare phenomenon, that his attainment and illumination were extraordinary and equalled by no more than a handful of others over the thousands of years since. I suspect his teachings have produced many beautiful people, but not too many enlightened ones on this world.
TNH on the other hand is a wonderful teacher and communicator and has a great grasp of mindfulness and interbeing, as well as having great peace, but whether he is enlightened as was Gautama seems doubtful. It's not often he goes outside areas where he has experience, while with the Buddha there are many sutras where he displays an immediate and wide ranging insight.
It's certainly a difficult area to come to a decision, and the only way to judge is by comparing what we know of the Buddha's work to that of modern teachers.