Fear immobilizes. Fear blocks us from being all we can be. There is false safety in fear. One can use fear to not take risks, to accept the status quo, or as an excuse to not change one’s circumstances.
Fears build upon themselves, gathering momentum. Left alone, fears build to an imaginary catastrophe. “What ifs” grow and collect, not to a good outcome, but to the worst possible scenario.
As a spiritual discipline we must rein fear in, and not allow it to rule our lives. We stop our thoughts. We redirect them. We turn back from a lack of faith, to a state of gratitude.
When we stop using our energy on worries, we are free to use our energy on acceptance or on finding solutions. We are no longer sucked into vortexes of despair. We are liberated to move, to act, and to create new beginnings. We are closer to our spiritual center because we are one again working within the present moment, or reality.
How do we control fear? We meditate on the bounty of the present moment. We plan, we mediate. We remember older obstacles and marvel at how they no longer seem looming. We gain perspective. We trust our own ability and our own resilience. We trust in our neighbor to help us up, should we fall.
We become creative and we create the reality we see. No longer focusing on threats, we envision safety. No longer predicting doom, we feel hope.
When we let go of fear, we marvel in our security. We welcome whatever comes our way, believing that the best is on its way.
What is one fear that you have? What resources and skills do you have to help you overcome it?