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Can you recognise fear?

Can you recognise fear?
Why do we feel fear?

Fear can be useful, but is it always necessary? Fear is an important survival mechanism response to suspected danger, causing a chain reaction that we have nicknamed 'fight or flight', that starts with the release of chemicals in the body to help us react quickly to that protect us from the threat. in fact the fear response is almost entirely autonomic, we don't consciously trigger it or even know what's going on until it has run its course. 

Science today shows us that biochemical reactions to things that happen, your thoughts and feelings – occur in the brain and are transported simultaneously throughout your body by little messenger molecules called neuro-peptides, which circulate around our system until there until they are replaced by others such as those we create when we feel love, joy and exhilaration,These ground-breaking discoveries have caused molecular biologists such as Candace Pert to approach the body and the mind as one - calling it it 'mind-body' instead.*


How do we recognise fear?

In an article on the physical, mental and behavioural aspects of anxiety and fear, the authors Ron Rapee, Michelle Craske and David Barlow write : 

[During the fight/flight response] there is an automatic shift in attention to search the surroundings for potential threat. In other words, it is very difficult to concentrate on daily tasks when one is anxious. Therefore, people who are anxious often complain that they are easily distracted from daily chores, that they cannot concentrate, and that they have trouble with their memory. This is a normal and important part of the fight/flight response since its purpose is to stop you from attending to your on-going chores and to permit you to scan your surroundings for possible danger. Sometimes, an obvious threat cannot be found...Therefore, in many cases, when people cannot find an explanation for their sensations, they turn their search upon themselves.* 1 

But here's the thing, as mentioned above the external reasons for fear may be less than obvious, but they do exist, in fact we are topped up throughout the day with fearful scenarios, for example in the newspapers, on the radio, on the television and via people who are 'tuned-in' to these. This continuous input creates and surrounds us in a framework of fear, the chemicals of fear remain in us and can filter into all aspects of our daily life, affecting how we respond to all sorts of unrelated situations and resulting in an overall feeling of anxiety and depression. Byron Katie says:

Depression, pain, and fear are gifts that say, "Sweetheart, take a look at your thinking in this moment. You're living in a story that isn't true for you." .... It hurts to believe you're other than who you are, to live any story less than love... I identify and question the thoughts that take my awareness away, that take "me" away from my life now and plunge me into horrors that don't exist in reality, right here right now, in the moment and place where I can be of use.

But in the distractions of everyday life, it's easy to forget that we are in control of our minds and not the other way around. The Buddhist idea of mindfulness reminds us to observe the mind to make sure it isn't 'running away with us'. When we look at fear it is usually a reaction to something that hasn't happened yet, what you fear, that outcome, that possibility, might, could, is actually just a projection into the future made in your mind, a make believe, a fantasy an illusion! Fear needs recognising and putting in it's place but how?


Banishing unnecessary fear

A good way of doing this is to focus on the breath, following it in and out. If you notice your mind begin to wander into those fearful thoughts tell yourself to come back and focus again on your breath – sometimes focusing on something with your eyes like a beautiful flower or a candle flame while you follow your breath helps distance yourself from the fearful thoughts and feelings. Keep doing this until you feel noticeably different. Now we are better able to bring wisdom and awareness to the moment, calm, still and liberated from fear. 

Positive affirmations are also great for banishing that fear for good and replacing it with something better. This blog post has a long list of 100 powerful affirmations to put you back in perspective, pin it to your favourites so you can reach it quickly:


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