Three Things to Practice When Your Fears Come Out to Play
Updated: Sep 13, 2022
We all experience fears. Moving through those moments with awareness helps us relieve the mind and body from the ones that are imagined from those that are real.
What is fear?
Fear is a basic human emotion and triggers the fight or flight survival instinct, which is probably why you want it to pay attention to it as something real. However, fear can be real and imagined.
Why do we experience fears?
From infancy, we develop an instinct for survival, so when something threatens our physical, psychological or emotional state, we develop a defence system to protect ourselves from danger.
Where do fears come from?
Some fears are real and others as imagined.
Imagined experiences stem from the perceived threat of danger, rather than actual danger, and are usually based on conditions passed along to children from their caregivers, society, someone else’s experience, for instance the things we see, hear people say, what we watch etc. A basic example would be – a childhood friend told me they got kicked by a horse, so I’ve never been near a horse, because horses are dangerous based on my friend’s experience. These are the ones we need to identify, understand and learn to let go of, as they cause tension in the body, mind and energetic field.
Real fears are what the survival instinct is there to serve.
For instance, you see a car speeding down the road and a child on a bike not looking so your body prepares to save that child or you’re abroad, have just bought some street food and the wild, stray dogs are barking and following you so your body and mind prepare to run – and fast!
The body treats both types as real, so we need to differentiate or let go of the imagined fears to stop the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental impact on us.
If fear is a basic emotion and emotion is energy in motion, then it stands that we can actively neutralise the negative trigger we associate with the imagined fears to relieve the system of the constant stress signals we send it so that when there is a real fear, we can trust ourselves and our systems to manage it, as we haven’t overloaded and overworked them with frequent false fears.
When your fears next come out to play to stop you from playing full out, try these three things to move through the moment:
Breathe – getting oxygen to the brain will stop brain fog so you can think clearly to assess if it’s a real or imagined fear
Tap into your intuition – ask your Self if the fear is your truth or based on past experiences or conditions you’ve been led to believe, or someone else’s story altogether
Trust – you have a choice to have a new experience in this moment and let go of the false experience that keeps appearing as real to you.
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