I read a similar question a few weeks ago in Jodi Chapman’s Blog, Soul Speak…. I was quite stunned by the question and even more intrigued by my reaction of how wonderful such a thing might be….a gigantic WOW! to that idea!!!!
We all have fears in our lives…some people have more, and some people have fewer….no matter what fears, worries or concerns each of us might have, our lives and the lives of those around us would be happier and filled with more richness if we could become less fearful…
Fear depends on us stepping out of the present moment and the using our imagination…negative imagination…Imagination can be a wonderful quality, but only if reigned in, managed and channeled in a positive manner…to use it for the good, rather than to scare ourselves…
Here’s one way I try to look at some of my worries and fears….
And so…some strategies I try to use and find helpful to reason my way through concerns…
Some strategies I find really useful to help soothe or decrease my reaction to the worries or fears, in the midst of reacting…
And so to pause, take a few moments, to reflect, imagine and think through some of these ideas…. and then spend some time imagining the positives…. and use that wonderful, positive imagination to inspire each of us…
I wish us all well in calming our fears,
becoming more aware of the impact those fears are having in our lives,
realizing the potential positive richness of living with fewer worries and fears
and to work slowly and steadily toward soothing and moving past them..
May we live with the “wishes” in the loving-kindness phrases, as we learn to do this….
May we all learn to be happier and more contented
May we feel healthy and stronger
May we all learn to feel safer and and more secure
May we learn to live with more ease…
Some related posts/pages that I’ve made and used over many years, with other potentially useful strategies: (there seem to be quite a few… 🙄 )
AIMS: a chart with a sequence of helpful imagining/thinking strategies,
“A Wide Angle Lens”: a series of 5 soothing and calming steps,
“Helpful Thinking, A Flow Chart”: a series of steps to decide whether to keep thinking about something or to just let it go,
“F.E.A.R.”: False Evidence Appearing Real,
“Mind Mumbling”: how worrying is like mud pots in Yellowstone,
“Just Because I Think It, Doesn’t Mean I Can Believe It”: realizing how imagination shouldn’t be believed.
And ending on a positive note…I have really surprised myself by practicing and working hard on this area of quelling and moving past fear and living with more richness: “Surprise Myself”
Good ideas on using positive imagination, rather than negative: “What’s the best that could happen” Spirit Lights the Way .Thank you Nancy for those ideas.
I learned many of these strategies from the weekly Just One Thing newsletters, and Just One Thing book, by Rick Hansen....and I try very hard to use them…I find that they really do help…
(Note: This is/was a big post, with lots of ideas in it…perhaps it would be more helpful to read, reflect and think over time, rather than in one burst….there’s a lot here…)
If we are able to take fear out of our lives, then the pages in the “The Infinite Possibilities of a Life Fully Lived” will contain more rich, generous and satisfying entries. I just made and added 4 positive, fill-in-able work pages to the very bottom of that post…..to fill in…in one’s mind or with pencil…to expand our thinking in usable, concrete ways…to support starting, creating and living more of those potentially infinite possibilities…