How to Move through Doubt

Although doubt may be useful to question our experience, it may seize the mind and make it hard for us to stay focused. We may lose confidence in what we are doing. We may get confused and even become depressed. We may find ourselves trapped and stuck, unable to imagine any creative way out of our situation. When doubt arises we can begin to look at how our thoughts and stories disempower us—we don’t have to believe everything we think and feel!

Mindfulness practice can help us notice how we recreate negative memories and habitual reactions, accept them as moment-to-moment experiences, and allow them to be as they are—let them come and let them go. Using the breath to bring ourselves back into the freshness of the present moment, we learn about our own process, so that we are better equipped not to let doubt get in the way.

As we notice we touch into our natural awake state of being that is the only place we will ever find lasting peace and joy and the way through any doubt we are experiencing. The natural rewards of being in the moment encourage us to spend more of our time in the now and many people find they are able to do this.

Exploring Doubt

Whenever we are going to make changes in our live, it is natural to encounter doubt. Through acknowledging and exploring our doubts we can awaken greater understanding of what we bring to the path of moving forward.

Doubt is unlike from critical thinking. We bring an end to the exploration with doubt whereas we keep looking further and moving forward with critical thinking. Experiencing intense doubt is generally a result of not trusting ourselves and not trusting the world; therefore doubt can be a blockage on the path.

When we trust the world, relax our firm grip on ourselves, and focus on to the details of reality in the moment, we begin to notice that the world speaks to us and reflects our trust. There is an exchange with the alive, vibrating energy of the world.