Day 4 – Releasing Fear and Anxiety with Hopefulness
“Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!” – Barack Obama
In today’s meditation, we see that our hope is undermined by fear and anxiety. Past disappointments lead us to anticipate present and future disappointments. We learn that if we awaken to the presence of awareness, then our past will no longer be our present reality. When we recognize that our fear and anxiety is based on an illusion, we become free, hopeful, and fearless.
Today Deepak guides us to imagine the darker expectations within our hearts and begin the journey to knowing the darkness does not have to be our truth. Welcome to day 4 of our meditation, “Releasing Fear and Anxiety with Hopefulness.”
There are many ways to confront what is really holding you back from living the life you want. Tony Robbins, a powerful life coach, believes that most people are wired for fear and worry. He says, “There is a highway to upset and a dirt road to happiness.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. What road are you on right now? What are you afraid of? What fear is stopping you in your tracks? Do you expect that things won’t go your way? Fear is a powerful and convincing emotion. Find out where your fear is coming from. Only then can you let it go.
Through meditation we can connect with openness and trust, defensiveness, self-doubt and let fear diminish. Centered in deep awareness we expand when we stay in the present without anticipating. Anything is possible.
You become what you believe, not what you wish for or what you want. You become what you expect in your heart. Let’s open our hearts to the positive possibilities of uncertainty.
When you have true hope you meet every situation openly, without fear or feeling the need to retreat or defend. The situation is just another new possibility life has presented. Your attitude is not complicated by self-doubt or self-criticism. You are hopeful because experience has shown you uncertainty can bring out the best in you and can be a win-win proposition. Either you win because the situation turns out well or you win because you have found something to heal and improve. But emotionally this can of hope is undercut by fear and anxiety. We’re afraid our hopes won’t come true because of pass disappointments. Wounds from the past feel very real and strongly affect current behavior. But this fear is an illusion…the ghosts of painful memory.
Reliance on the past makes you expect pain in the future. To overcome fear and anxiety we stop looking to the past and live in the present. Anytime you’re in a situation expecting the worst, pause, take a deep breath, exhale slowly and say to yourself, “Fear is not real. My presence of awareness is real.”
When you contact your true self in meditation you place yourself where there is no fear in the peace and calm of pure awareness. You have a choice anytime you want to center yourself there by closing your eyes, taking deep breaths and taking notice of present experience. When you are centered deeper awareness can expand and bring a better outcome. This is where uncertainty is your ally. Good things happen without being anticipated using the power of awareness to reveal the solution.
The Worlds Wisdom Traditions say, “All experience is a mental construct. Anything you perceive, feel, think, say or do is a function of consciousness.” You already use your awareness to create the joy and fulfillment in your life, and the barriers, obstacles, and resistance you experience are also created in consciousness. As self-awareness grows you gain more creative control over your personal reality and this not only conquers fear and self-doubt, but it gives you confident hope you will reach the goal.
Om Durgaya Namah
I am fearless.
Live in the moment! Try hard! Forget the past that weighs you down. Don’t worry about the future. Don’t shit on today! Be free, hopeful and fearless in this present moment.
From the moment we are born we are filled with experiences. Some of them we take more to heart. Some of them hurt us and start filling up our jar of fear marbles. As this jar fills up with uncomfortable, humiliating and even traumatic marbles, we begin to change from that innocent and light-hearted child to adults weighed down with fear and anxiety that we are not enough, we are less than, we are not worthy.
Get back in the moment. Go back to that care-free child. That child is still within you. Remove those haunting experiences from your life and know that you have done the best you can and you are the best you can be and you are perfect just the way you are. Remember that you have your special gifts that no one can take from you. You are awesome!
I believe good things happen in our lives for a reason, as do bad things. The bad things, the uncomfortable things, the humiliating things, have taught me much more than the good things ever can. For that reason I believe these experiences have happened to bring me to a higher level, only if I can get past them and realized that they are only experiences and not who I am, not what I caused, not what I deserved.
I use these experiences to share with others in the same or similar situations that they have strength and hope that the future holds great things for them. That we have a purpose to share our lives and experiences with others and to help them dig out of their hells.
So shed those fear marbles and turn them into hope marbles. Be optimistic. Be happy for the experiences you have had and turn them into hopeful and positive truths. They have happened. They are gone. Don’t dwell on them and allow them to ruin this beautiful day, this beautiful moment, this beautiful YOU!!!
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From Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience, Hope in Uncertain Times.