Fearlessly Forward

There are a lot of opinions on the origins of fear. Some argue that all fears can be reduced to the fear of one's own death. Others take a more scientific approach to fear. 

One well-known researcher of fear explained that fear itself is not a problem; it's an essential aspect of evolution, survival, and science in general. Fear becomes a problem when coupled with a vivid imagination.

For example, it is not a fear of heights that prevents a person from climbing mountains or feeling comfortable during a flight. The imagery of all the things that could go wrong that is typically accompanied by many other thoughts is what gives fear its problematic and sometimes paralysing power. 

According to this particular researcher, people do not have to try to generally rid themselves of fear. Fear is bred best when ignored. That is neither healthy nor realistic. Instead, people must acknowledge their fears without delivering them to the imagination.

That seems easy enough with more tangible fears, such as a fear of spiders or a fear of balloons. But what about less tangible fears, such as fear of failure or fear of success? What can one do to limit the hold they have?

With certain mindfulness practices, we are able to nourish the self-awareness we need in order to interrupt the fantasies and identify their origin. These practices allow us to better see situations as they are. The next step is acceptance. Fear or anxiety might remain, but they do not have to restrict one's actions or keep a person from doing the things they dream of.

Embrace your fears with presence and allow them to lose their control over you.