Understanding Fear

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”

Living without any fear is unrealistic; nevertheless, there are fears that are unnecessary to our emotional life – fears that cause us to be needlessly unhappy.

Letting go of fear simply means replacing fear with trust, acceptance, and peace of mind.   Fearing the possibilities life has in store for us is much more from habit than a reality.

Learning to love and accept ourselves requires that we begin to acknowledge those feelings that we have tried to suppress.  Whether we know so consciously or not, these feelings are meant for us to feel. They are what can free us from our own self-limiting beliefs, and they are what continue to keep us disconnected, and separate from all that we can be.

Notice all the ways you may be separating yourself, and  how many of your motivating emotions fall under the category of fear.  Become aware of how many times you say “no” instead of “yes” out of fear.

“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho

Changing our fear based habits is difficult.  Who we see ourselves as being versus who we are underneath our fears takes courage and action.  We may find it easier to hold onto destructive ways rather than face change.

When we develop a sense of trust in life as opposed to dwelling on our fears of the unknown, we become more accepting and learn to focus on our creative centre and find ways to be more productive.

Be willing to  question your own mind. Trust there is a reason and purpose for our life. Most of us begin healing when our own life experiences throw us out of line or challenge us to face our fears. It’s during these times of darkness, doubt, and pain when we try to look for answers.

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.” – Dorothy Thompson

Learn to trust in yourself and spirit for your answers.  Yoga is a wonderful discipline to train the mind-body and spirit to work through the challenges and fear based blockages within us.  Each time we breathe through these poses, we let go of our fear and pain and work towards wholeness.

Each day, practice re-training your fear based conditioning and work hard at letting it go, so we can embrace life fully.

“Internal and external are ultimately one. When you no longer perceive the world as hostile, there is no more fear, and when there is no more fear, you think, speak and act differently. Love and compassion arise, and they affect the world.” – Eckhart Tolle

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