Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Purpose Of Fear

Hello, I hope all of you had a great holiday with your loved ones. I enjoyed my holiday very much. I thought as the New Year approaches and many of us make resolutions to change or fix something about ourselves, that this might be a good read for you. Making changes in our lives is hard, and I think even more so as we age. We are naturally creatures of habit, and even if the changes are good for us, we will want to return to the comfort of what is familiar when anxiety or fear start to overtake our emotions. I can say I have done that many times. So I'm going to try to take in this perspective that my fears are not always a bad thing when it comes to certain changes in my life. And hopefully I won't keep returning to my comfort zones when I shouldn't. I hope this helps you too.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us.

"Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in
between the old life and a new one"

Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

Acknowledge your fears by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up—your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes—is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life....
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1 comment:

  1. Nice article on fear! No matter how big or small, rich or poor, watever we are we would be surrounded by fears. The only thing that helps us then is the courage - "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear"

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