Phrases of Fear

I couldn’t go to sleep after the U.S. presidential election was called on Tuesday night.  My heart felt so weighed down by the sadness emanating from my Romney supporter friends.

Let me say right off that this isn’t a political post.

It’s a post about fear and I’m sharing it with you because fear seemed to be the one common denominator weaving between both parties during the election season (which seemed to stretch on ad nauseum).

Each side did its best to promote fear:  Obama’s camp stirred up images of women socially regressing 50 years.  Romney’s people stoked the fires of financial ruin for our country.

Valid as each fear may be, the sheer repetition of the messages was hypnotic and spell-casting.

Simple phrases of fear

As I write this piece on the morning after the late-night news coverage, I’m thinking of another kind of fear:  self-prophesied fear.

We say things like, “I’m afraid I will . . . ” or some variation of the phrase.

Here’s another:  “Well, I don’t know, because what if . . . ”

Check yourself to see how often today these phrases of fear (or others) cross your mind or your lips.

Do innocent words like, “I could do that, but . . . ” turn into fear-based phrases?

Perhaps (I hope!) not all the time.  But those “yeah, but” phrases can wallop the hell out of your moment-to-moment serenity.

You cannot live your present moment in mindfulness and fear.

Can’t be done.

Right Now Meditation

There’s a choice to make, thank God.  I use a tool called Right Now Meditation.  It’s a simple and easy way to quickly center yourself when your mind threatens to throw you into a potentially disastrous area.

Right now, I’m safe and warm.

Right now, I’m focused on scribing these words from my thoughts to paper.

Right now, I’m grateful for the morning beverage beside me and the hot shower that awaits me.

Right now, I feel the support of this quiet, peaceful room.

Right now, in this moment, I have everything I need to make this moment complete.  Thank you, God.

I am always filled with gratitude when I practice the Right Now Meditation.  It’s portable, so you can take it with you wherever you go!

One place I’m not going to take it today, at least right now, is the land of fearful phrases!

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  1. Priska says:

    I have been using this meditation quite frequently of late as I step into the unknown trying new things.
    I have always been terrified of public speaking but have always wanted to do it. I will be making my first toastmasters speech next week and to calm my nerves before I start I will tell myself:
    Right now, I feel the support of this quiet, peaceful room.

    • Beth says:

      Love that simple right now meditation! I see you filled with confidence as you step into the Toastmasters room . . . you have my support, too, Priska. Be sure to let me know how it goes!

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