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Dealing with overthinking: The daily bread technique

Hey Bloomers! 🌼💛 Overthinking is a common issue faced by many people. Thinking of all the things that could go wrong in future is not only emotionally unhealthy, but it also stops you from enjoying and appreciating the present moment you’re in. As stated by Eckhart Tolle, a lot of the overactivity of the mind is an attempt to get away from the simplicity of the present moment

Definition of overthinking  

Overthinking is defined as “a thought process where you ruminate on past events, worse-case scenarios, or future outcomes”. Too much of anything is never good for anyone, and thinking is not an exception. A good balance is necessary. This blog post will focus on a technique from the Bible that can be used to put thinking into perspective and do it in a manner that is not only reasonable, but also helpful. 

Give us this day our daily bread 🍞

We’re going to call this the DAILY BREAD technique. The technique comes from the Lord’s Prayer, which is found in Matthew ch 6 vs 9-13 as well as Luke ch 11 vs 1-4. These words were spoken by Jesus himself, as He was giving instructions on how to pray. Part of the prayer includes asking our Heavenly Father to “give us this day our daily bread”. 

What is special about this part of the prayer is that it doesn’t instruct us to ask for tomorrow’s bread, next week’s bread, next month’s bread, or even next year’s bread. All we need, is our DAILY bread. This is a reminder to not worry about the future, but simply focus on today. The Bible further instructs us in Matthew ch 6 vs 34 to “not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for the day”. 

Focus on today

The way to not overthink about the future? Remind yourself that all you need is your daily bread. What you need in the future, God will provide. That is the future’s daily bread, and God will give you that daily bread when that day arrives. For now, focus on today. Sometimes we even come to realise that the things we worried about never came to pass, and maybe Jesus told us to pray this way to also protect us from worrying for no reason.

Repeat to yourself: Give us this day our DAILY bread

Conclusion

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6 replies on “Dealing with overthinking: The daily bread technique”

“Give us this day our daily bread”. So powerful and helps put things into perspective.
Thank you, Ruva. Insightful as always.

I love this!

A couple of weeks back I was looking at a list of Hebrew names that have been used to refer to God. One of the names was Jehovah Rohi, which means the Lord our Sheperd. I read Psalm 23 and meditated on it. I then realized that sometimes we worry because we forget that we have a Sheperd. Provision, protection and guidance are all responsibilities of the Sheperd. I am learning that there is power in knowing who we are praying to.

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