Dan Harris is co-anchor of Nightline, reporter for the show 20/20, World News with David Muir, and author of 10% Happier. And on June 7th, 2004 he had a panic attack on Good Morning America for over 5 million people to watch at home.
Any public panic attack is put to shame with that behemoth of an audience.
In his book, 10% Happier, he recounts an interesting story:
He’s in the final hours of a meditation retreat. And the speaker tells the audience not to spend much thought about what they have to do when the event is over. They are simply thoughts and it’s a waste of time to worry about those things.
Dan fires back,
“How can you advise us not to worry about the
things we have to do when we reenter the world?
If I miss my plane, that’s a genuine problem.
There are not just irrelevant thoughts”
The speaker replies,
“Fair enough. But when you find yourself running
through your trip to the airport for the seventeeth time,
perhaps ask yourself the following question: ‘Is this useful’?”
Worry can be useful… up to a point.
But there’s also a deeper psychological lesson behind this story. One that I reveal in Primal Panic Solutions. In fact, it may shake your belief about emotions forever…
Read it again and see if you can pick it up.