Releasing Fear and Anxiety with Hopefulness Danielle Rogers April 13, 2017 Enlightenment, Spirituality, Words of Wisdom “Hope In Uncertain Times” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. “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. “Hope In Uncertain Times” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. CENTERING THOUGHT: In hope, I am fearless. SANSKRIT MANTRA: Om Durgaya Namah. (I am fearless.) 1.) You can stop fear once you realize that its power comes from the past. Write down two or three things you find yourself feeling anxious about; it could be in the family, in your relationships, or at work. Typical fears would be of failure, embarrassment, a trigger for guilt and shame, being abandoned, not trusting, losing love, etc. When you are clear about what kind of fear is facing you, write down two experiences in your past that created the same kind of fear. Read these to yourself saying, “I am past this. It holds no power over me.” Fear of being held in the same place I was years ago. Being deemed as that same destructive and out of control person. (Losing my mother was the catalyst in the space that I was in. Losing or perceiving to lose her ring, almost put me in that same space. Fear of guilt. Sometimes I think about people and things that I’ve given up and sometimes its neutral feelings wise and other times I wonder if I made the right decisions. However, I’ve found that asking myself if my life would be what it is now soothes any potential anxiety that could arise. I don’t know if things would be the same or different but what I do know is that I am the happiest that I’ve ever been. My dreams are coming to fruition on a daily basis and overall I am at peace. I don’t have many fears and those that I do have are very minor in the grand scheme of things. My past holds no power over me, my mistakes hold no power over me, and I will continue to make the decisions that feed and fuel not spirit, goals, and dreams. 2.) Anxiety is a reaction to uncertainty rooted in a feeling of powerless or lack of control. Consider an area that triggers your anxiety. Is it a chronic health problem? Job insecurity? Perhaps it’s just a chronic feeling; one without a resolvable root cause. Write down an anxiety-inducing situation and how it makes you feel. Knowing that the only control you have over anything is your response to it, imagine and journal about a new reaction to your specific situation that allows you to be calm and open. For instance, “Even though I’m anxious when I think about the next step of my career, I know that my anxiety is an unhelpful reaction to an unknowable future. If I keep working hard and doing a good job, I will be in a good position to handle whatever future comes my way.” My anxiety doesn’t need rhyme or reason to rear it’s ugly head. I have found numerous ways to counter it or cope with it. Doesn’t stop it from existing but it has allowed me to recognize potential triggers and avoid them if possible or maneuver through them gracefully. Anxiety has no power over my life and can be utilized as a tool to guide me along the way. 3.) Life challenges almost always can be perceived as win-win, because either they are positive or they give you room to learn and grow. Write down two or three recent situations that didn’t go your way. For each one, write down the lesson you want to learn from it. Examples: this can make me stronger, this can make me stand up for myself more, this can make me trust my real feelings. Now reflect on how you can benefit from this lesson, then thank the bad experience and tell it to move on. Outside of the previously mentioned things. There’s some things that I wish to reflect on internally. Everyday a lesson awaits us. It could be the smallest thing and if we don’t slow down to heed the message it can manifest into something bigger that can ultimately cost us in some regard. I’m always open to lessons and teaching moments because essentially that is what got me here. 4.) Daily Reflection: My current thoughts are as follows: Don’t be a fuck up. Forgive yourself. Stay focused. Learn from all of this. The retrograde is retrograde’n hard as hell. Let it go or reach out. You know when you’re fucking up, so quit it. It’s ok to be human though. You’re not perfect and don’t EVER allow someone to make you feel like you have to be. You’ve come a long way. There’s a fine line between hope and faith. I don’t see anything wrong with hope. Some people like to say, “don’t hope, have faith!” I like to think they are synonymous with faith having just a little more UMPH inside it. Still processing all the changes that I’ve been going through and slightly more prepared for whatever else may come my way. I would be lying if I said life wasn’t good because really and truly it is. I HOPE that I will always retain some sense of humanity and not be afraid to be my true self no matter who that is at the time. I also HOPE I have the discernment to retreat when I can be a deterrent or toxic presence in other’s lives. I have FAITH that I will always be willing to reevaluate and check myself if need be. “Hope In Uncertain Times” is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.