A very thoughtful and poignant post from my daughter about fear on her Facebook page this week catapulted me into considering my own fears, and how I've overcome so many of those fears in my Lifetime. Fear is not a stranger to anyone on the planet, and its tentacles reach out to us in many ways, gripping our Souls and minds, and rooting in our psyches. Fear comes in many shapes, forms, and sizes, and it can be pervasive, invasive, and totally debilitating.
It isn't ever easy to change our responses and/or reactions to fear, nor is it easy to identity fear and become totally aware of it. We are a fear-based race ~ the human race ~ and sometimes others' perceptions, words, and actions can plummet us into a fear-filled vacuum from which it is difficult to extract ourselves.
Our analytical minds tend to over-think our emotional responses to fear. In fact, our analytical minds tend to over-think all emotions! When we learn to live in our Heart ~ live Heart-Centered, rather than Ego-centered ~ fear, anxiety, and other negative emotions are decreased, if not banished altogether.
How do we learn to live in our Heart-Center? We simply practice living in the moment, rather than in the past or the future. Living in the moment takes a lot of practice, and as the saying goes, 'practice makes perfect'. It's commonplace to find ourselves living in the future or in the past.
When we are fearful, worried, stressed ~ we are most likely living in the future, and worrying about something that hasn't happened, but that we fear may happen. When we are sad, depressed, angry ~ we are living in the past, remembering what someone said, did, (or didn't do!) and feeling the emotions that surrounded those circumstances. In the moment, there is nothing but bliss, Love, and contentment. The Present, the Now, is filled with Love, Bliss, and Calm. If we practice living in the Now, we no longer worry about the future or feel sad about the past.
It sounds so simple, doesn't it? And yet, it is not easy. It takes much more practice and mental focus than one can imagine. The good news is that with practice and diligence, we learn to live in the Now, and be present at all times. We need not live in FEAR (Face Everything And Recover!) any longer. We can be free of fear, and its constant nagging, burning pain. Our words, and our thoughts, create our realities.
Following are a few simple words, that when repeated often (and especially when our thoughts tend towards negativity!) can change our lives for the better.
"My Life is filled with Love, Peace, and Goodness"
"I flow freely with the rhythms of Life"
"I am brave and courageous"
"I live Life with ease and grace"
Try it for at least 21 days, and your Life will change!
Blessings to All ~