“He who has overcome his fears, will truly be free.” Aristotle
I can’t imagine how many Pyschologists and Counselors are booked out indefinitely in the US after all the shootings lately.
The anxiety, the fear and PTSD after being involved in such a stressful experience, changes people forever and affects every part of the community.
So how do we begin to work with this ongoing anxiety, panic and fear around us, even if we were nowhere near the shootings?
The sound of the car hitting my son’s body in 2001, haunted me for years and from this experience, I became fearful and anxious that something would happen to my other children. My mind was constantly creating stories of what might happen and how I could keep them from harm, but in the end, I had to surrender to the fact, that I would never have control.
It isn’t easy to surrender to fear. Our minds convince us that if we take control, and if we are prepared, that bad things won’t happen to us. This is not true.
What I learned over the years is that when I was overwhelmed in fear and anxiety, I was disconnected. That while I was in my head, creating stories, planning and controlling life, I was never in presence.
I was disconnected from the beautiful calm energy of nature and life.
It wasn’t until I slowed down and sat with my fears and the stories in my head, in the stillness of nature, regularly, that I learned to trust, again, little by little.
There is no fear in nature. All the animals and the energy of mother earth trusts that they will be fed and that they will be looked after, and when the storm, earthquake or tornado arrive and destroy everything around them and take their home, they know how to take the necessary steps to re-build, re-group, and grow in new way.
Surrender to fear; trust in stillness; trust when we connect to each other and what is, we will know how to begin again; to grow and live in a new way, free from fear.
Life will always renew.