muses of the moment

January 25, 2014

Fear

Filed under: Odds 'n ends — totallygroovygirlfriday @ 1:43 am

groovygrirl thought this opt-ed from the NYT on fear and the state was very interesting.

Click here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, lean in.

During this paradigm shift that is in the process of effecting, modifying, and changing every thing in our society, culture, and government; fear is the real enemy. If you deal with your fear, you will get through this without a problem, and probably come out better. If you don’t, you will get stuck and become angry, frustrated and depressed. Understanding, naming, and facing your fear, is the key to getting through this winter cycle, decline, reset, or whatever you want to call it. It is way beyond economic. groovygirl can not emphasize this fear issue enough.

It doesn’t take money or stored food to conquer fear. It takes your mind. No amount of money, gold, or food will help you, if you let fear control your actions. There are wealthy, secure people who are fearful every day of their life. That is a product of their reaction to their emotions, not their real circumstances. Fearful people automatically limit their options, and end up taking emotionally driven, stupid actions.

Fear can controls governments, companies, institutions, and cultures.

Here are some statements about fear to help open your mind about yourself and view others’ reactions in a new light.

Hostility is remembered pain and the desire to get even.

Fear is the anticipation of pain in the future.

Guilt is self-directed pain when you blame yourself.

Depression is the depletion of energy as a result of all of the above.

pg. 17, Deepak and Gotham Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Super Heros.

Fear (and especially fear of death) makes us less tolerant of people who are different from ourselves. It makes us incapable of “seeing things from his point of view” and we lose any possible empathy and compassion. Communciation breaks down. This truth coupled with group think has led to every genocide in history.

A quick, easy action to take when you feel fearful is breathe. Even one deep breath can make a difference. Breathing lowers your stress level and focuses your attention on an internal simple action not emotional response to outward pressure. It gives your mind the room to evaluate the current moment based on truth, not your automatic, emotional-based reaction.

Another quick action to put fear in check is to focus on the now. If you are overcome by fear of the future or pain of the past, focus on the fact that you are OK right now in this moment (you may want to repeat this to yourself). This will provide a secure basis and give your mind room for options about how to make the future less fearful and the past less painful.

Side musing: now, if you have a relationship with an all-knowing and all-powerful God, like gg does, you can stop being anxious and rest in His arms (Psalm 46:10). But you still do the exact same things: breathe and focus in the moment.

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2 Comments »

  1. Thanks GG

    Comment by carol smith — January 26, 2014 @ 2:23 am

  2. You are welcome. Thanks for reading.

    gg

    Comment by totallygroovygirlfriday — January 26, 2014 @ 12:53 pm


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