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Living in Fear posted Mar 30, 2017

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Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.

The problem is that most of the fear that we feel, the perceived danger, is typically against something that is not dangerous at all. We do not need to protect ourselves from wild animals on a daily basis, yet people feel fear on a daily basis.

Fear is a huge barrier in people's lives. It can affect a person in everyday life. It can be the difference between going after what you want and falling short of achievement.

Realize that what you are afraid of is not what other people are afraid of.

One person can be afraid of heights and not afraid of bugs, while another person may be terrified of bugs, but not heights.

What this means is that fear is all in your head. It is not rational.

I used to be frightened by heights, but one day I went on a trip with a group of people. We drove to cliff along with equipment. That day, I went rappelling off a 100-foot cliff.

Strangely, I was not scared at all.

Why?

I was present.

I was not in my head where all fears are. I was not thinking about the jump. I was not thinking about anything. I was completely present with the moment.

I saw what I saw and that was it.

When you are present and not thinking about anything, you can take in your environment, the moment, and the world. You have clear and pure thoughts. You are free of the fears that you have. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take action on things that you are afraid of when you are in the present.

When you are present, you have no fears or sadness.

It is only when you are talking to yourself in your head that the emotions come up.

The present is really a present, an amazing gift that humans can tap into at any moment.

One way to become present is to meditate.

Close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose and out through your mouth. Scan your whole body. Find where you have tension and release it. Be completely aware of your senses. What do you smell, feel, taste, hear, and see.

Do this for a few minutes and let go of all thoughts going through your mind.

Don’t think at all. Don’t talk to yourself in your head.

Focus on your breath in order to clear up all the mind chatter and then look around the room.

Take it all in.

“Feel the power of being present and drop the fear.”

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