An ocean of fear


Fear and anxiety evolved to keep us from physical danger. Our brains use the same mechanisms when it comes to emotional danger also, and depending on the upbringing we have, we can find that we expend a lot of energy each day dealing with fear. This underlying fear is not easy to work with; however, acknowledging it and becoming aware of our instinct to run away or cover it up with distractions, relationships and busyness, is a necessary starting point. We practice looking at what scares us and opening to all that life offers. We develop a greater compassion towards ourselves and our confidence can grow.

If we are honest with ourselves, most of us will have to admit that we live out our lives in an ocean of fear. 

Jon Kabat-Zinn

2 thoughts on “An ocean of fear

  1. I think we all need a shoreline to look towards. Cultivating that takes time- feels like a constant work in progress.

  2. Fear itself does not contain scary things.

    Fear is basically the adrenal response mechanism, the fight , flight or freeze mechanism.

    My blog deals with trauma, PTSD which is a disorder that misfires the fear mechanism from past trauma memories stored in the amygdala.

    Healing comes with awareness, staying present when fear explodes and escape calls loudly.

    Mindfulness is the way to integrate all our past to present moment.

    Fear can be our friend, an energy source and defense mechanism to keep us safe.

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