Shifting Fear Into Gratitude

I’ve talked a little about fear, here on MBS. In the process of working through my fears, I had a breakthrough I thought would be useful to share.

Whether you’re feeling: fear of failure, fear of judgement, or a fear that’s been created from something in the past… I think we all experience fear, sometime or another.

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Coincidentally, I watched “Peaceful Warrior” the day before I had some of my own ‘fear’ come up. I started thinking about our fears and how to deal with them when they arise. Peaceful Warrior is an inspiring movie and some of the lines quotes really got me thinking.

“There are no ordinary moments.”

The idea behind this quote is that every moment is sacred and beautiful…and if we’re not in the NOW, we’re missing out on these moments.

It dawned on me that this theory can be applied to our ‘fear’ as well. When fear comes up for me, it usually arrives in a worry-some thought or anxious feeling. The mind-chatter goes wild…and we are no longer in the present moment.

Then I thought about the quote again…

What about this:
Instead of allowing negative or fearful mind-chatter to take over, try refocusing your thoughts and attention on the things you’re grateful for.

Cuz, if you really think about it – we’re all so lucky to be: healthy, safe, alive…..
Fill in the blank _________

Everyday, every moment ~ there are examples.
The rain… The huge maple leaves falling from the trees… a friend/partners beautiful smile…

I loved this quote too:

“You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability–to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.”

I think fear relates to vulnerability as well. If we open our hearts and look within, we can learn so much. If we open our hearts to others, we can create: expansion ~ growth ~ love.

“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.”

This movie reminded me of the magic in life and the significance of being in the present moment. One way we can do this is to start a Gratitude Journal. Jotting down the things you’re thankful for will bring you into the now and shift you into a positive perspective.

Shedding light on your thoughts and fears can clear away darkness…

So, open your heart to your fear. Give love to your fear. Listen to it. What is it saying?

It’s only fitting that I leave with this:

~ I am grateful for you.
~ I am grateful for my teachers.
~ I am grateful for being able to share this.

P.S. I’d love to hear your experiences and/or info you think might be helpful.

Lots of gratitude and…..LOVE!

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One comment on “Shifting Fear Into Gratitude
  1. Warrior Poet says:

    Love this book. One of my biggest inspirations for becoming a Warrior. Thank you for the encouragement. Reciprocation: http://warriorpoetwisdom.com/2012/01/26/ribbons-of-angst/

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