What Is Fear?
Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. It is programmed into the nervous system and works like an instinct. From the time we're infants, we are equipped with the survival instincts necessary to respond with fear when we sense danger or feel unsafe.
Fear helps protect us. It makes us alert to danger and prepares us to deal with it. Feeling afraid is very natural — and helpful — in some situations. Fear can be like a warning, a signal that cautions us to be careful.
Like all emotions, fear can be mild, medium, or intense, depending on the situation and the person. A feeling of fear can be brief or it can last longer.
Meditation Cleanses the Mind of Fears
By leading yourself through a meditation on healing and happiness, bringing your mind into a contemplative state. From here, you can start cultivating a space to process your emotions, taking the first steps toward healing.
It starts by focusing on the simple reality of your breath, right down to the simplest sensation of air going in and out of your nostrils. Focusing on this minute detail brings your mind inward and creates an anchor for your mind to latch onto the next time the reality of your emotions gets the better of you.
This kind of focus only gets easier with practice, so be kind to yourself during our practice. The steady pace of your breath is meant to bring your mind inward and below the frequency of your thoughts, so keep those thoughts from passing judgment on what you feel. Remember that you are not your thoughts, nor are you your emotions, and the more you practice cultivating this contemplative state of mind, the easier it will be to observe these thoughts and emotions as separate from yourself.
Don’t hide from any negative thoughts you may have. Be brave and accept them for what they are, but recognize that your emotional reaction to them is temporary. Whatever obstacle you are facing now, you can handle it. This space we are cultivating here, the space beyond the breath, the body, and the mind, is a space of infinite possibility.
What does it feel like to be free of this personal challenge? How would it feel to solve the bigger problems in your community? Take a breath and imagine it. Breathe out. Notice how it feels to be liberated from your suffering. Hold onto it for a moment, and let that sensation plant the seeds of peace and love in your mind.
All it takes is five minutes of meditative practice to change the frequency of your thoughts. After a few minutes of meditation, you will notice a shift in your mind and your body. All it takes to start is a breath. Start your practice today with a meditation toward healing and happiness.