Dialogue with my Inner Zen Master

Me: I’ve got this underlying tension.

Inner Zen Master: Why?

Me: I suppose I worry too much about lots of things.

IZM: Haven’t we been over this before? Didn’t I find you all those self-help books to read?

Me: Yes, yes, but it’s still there! Not always, but often!

IZM: Well, why don’t you let go of it and have some fun?

Me: What?

IZM: Yes, just, you know, let go.

Me: Of the underlying tension?

IZM: Yes!

Me: Easy for a Zen Master to say!

IZM: Well, what causes it?

Me: Hmmm, worrying about everything I suppose.

IZM: Like what?

Me: Health, what to eat, what to do, where to go. Whether to give up the odd glass of wine or not. Mainly those things.

IZM: What did you do today?

Me: Had a healthy breakfast, went for a long walk, sat down to do some work.

IZM: Worrying?

Me: Not really, pretty much the perfect day actually.

IZM: Seems like you are doing fine then.

Me: Yes, I suppose you are right!

IZM: So?

Me: OK, thanks. But…

IZM: Look. How much worry are you capable of?

Me: Pfffff, oceanic quantities on a bad day.

IZM: How much inner peace are you capable of? True answer.

Me: Well, based on the times I’ve really got in touch with it… I’d say boundless amounts.

IZM: Which do you need more of in your life?

Me: The boundless inner peace.

IZM: Well, choose that every time worrying comes up.

Me: Ah. Wow. That makes sense.

IZM: So go and do it! And have a bit of fun while you’re at it!