Day 19 of 30 Days of Adventure
Today, let's explore simple ways to ride out fear so that we remain grounded and empowered.
Fear and worry are simply perspectives we've adopted.
Subsequent feelings of worry and panic can quickly narrow our perspective and override our state of being. However, when we notice fear creep in, there are ways to mindfully respond in ways that inform & empower us as opposed to override & belittle us. The solutions we'll explore today may seem overly simplistic, yet they are incredibly powerful—as you'll discover as we get a taste. So let's dive in!
How often throughout the waking state do we allow ourselves the space to simply be empty?
When we empty ourselves, we return to our natural state of tranquility. When we release stories of fear, we are able to function through whatever it is we need to do with much more focus, relaxation, understanding, and compassion.
Here is a short visualization meditation that lets us empty back into the fullness of our being.
Imagine if there were only you. Nobody else. No outside world. No appointments. No stories. The attention has nowhere to go other than to yourself. What is here when all the distractions dissolve? By noticing and releasing whatever stories of identity arise, our attention can rest in the silence of our Inner Being—the sense of self that exists in the background of all our experiences. As we practice redirecting our attention to the stillness of our Inner Being, fears fade away, anxieties soften, and worries settle. Feel how the core of who we are is far greater than any fears that narrow this liberated perspective of our Inner Being.
Give yourself the liberating gift of a few moments of silence.
Any time we feel like our feelings are creating an imbalance and overriding our state of being, let's remember who we really are by taking a deep breath and reconnecting to our predominant state of being, our Inner Being, that is free from stories of the past or anxieties of the future.
What if a fear attack is coming in full throttle?
When fear overrides our state of being, we can consciously redirect our awareness back into our better senses. No matter how much fear, anxiety, or worry has taken over, a simple breathing exercise like the one below can free us from limiting sense of self back into a liberated state of being:
- Slowly breathe out until you come to a natural stop.
- Push out any remaining air with three more mini exhales.
- Now that all the air is out, pause for a few seconds.
- Begin to let air inspire back into your body until you are naturally full.
- Top off your breath with three more mini inhales.
- Now that all the air is in, pause for a few seconds.
- Repeat as often as needed to return to your natural state of being.
Why does this work?
When we redirect our awareness to our breath, we are practicing being more aware of the sense of self that is free from the identities, concepts, desires, or intentions that are rooted in fear. We create a sense of separateness from the beliefs and personal identies that create fear, anxiety, and worry.
When we say “I …” or “I am …”, notice how we're simply referring to our state of being. We're referring to the consciousness of who we believe “I” to be, in the moment. Our perspective becomes clouded and limited as we attach all sorts of concepts, desires, feelings, and intentions to our identity. Which makes it harder to perceive and embody the infinite and limitless “I”, who is at the core of what we really are—beyond the stories of identity.
Even just a few moments of reconnecting with our deepest sense of self can free us back into our joyful, present, loving Self. So as we adventure onward, let's continue to practice connecting more with the core of who “I” really is with the loving presence of our conscious awareness.
How about you?
When you are feeling fearful and overwhelmed, what helps you return to the grounded presence of your liberated Self?
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