With Halloween just 2 days away, it’s the perfect time to address something we all face in one way or another – FEAR
You are not alone:
Everyone fears something, be it spiders or ghosts, failure or abandonment, or just the everyday interactions with our fellow humankind. We deal with these fears through avoidance, manipulation and isolation and the consequences can be dire. In allowing our fears to control how we move about in the world we are sacrificing an opportunity to grow and become stronger, and ultimately we cheat ourselves out of the peace and joy-filled existence that we deserve.
Fear Is Useful:
Fear is the self’s safety mechanism. A healthy dose of mild fear will keep you from running out into traffic or hopping into a stranger’s car, so the trick is to keep your fear in check. It’s important to take the time to identify your fears, including the driving force behind them, and objectively evaluate their value and validity. If you find that your fear is debilitating, or even limiting it’s time to delve deeper into the issue.
Define Your Fears:
Put It Into Perspective:
Practice Coping (and yes, it takes practice!):
When you start to feel your fear kick in, stop. Stop whatever you’re doing and pay close attention to how you feel, how the fear manifests in your body. Breathe deeply to control that fear. Inhale slowly through the nose imagining that the lungs are a magnet, attracting all the darkness and negativity in your body, and visualize a dark cloud of fear growing in your chest. Then part your lips and slowly exhale. Using the abdominal muscles to control the exhalation, imagine that cloud of darkness slowly being forced from the body, out the mouth. Watch your dark cloud diminish in size with each breath until there is no more darkness to exhale.
Fill Yourself With Love!: