Let Fear Go
We’ve all been facing many fears since the coronavirus hit the US earlier this year. At first, we thought this would merely be a temporary setback, affecting a few. Now we know that our lives will be changed forever if we or our loved ones ever contract the virus.
Fear of the disease, financial collapse, relationship disintegration, isolation, and most of all, death, have overwhelmed each of us at one point or another in the last months. I haven’t spoken to any friend, family member or client who hasn’t felt the visceral impact these fears have invoked on our society and the world.
However, now that we have lived through months of sheltering, social distancing, and learned the cleaning and hand-washing health practices to keep us safe, we can begin to reorganize our lives around the new lifestyle the pandemic has created.
The first reorientation facing us is the critical need to release the fear and stress we carry in our daily life. Fear is our emotional response to a perceived threat in our environment. It provokes the classic flight or fight response. We draw in our energy as a self-defense response to use it explosively to flee or fight the threat. When we don’t immediately expend the energy to flee or fight, our bodies still retain the physiological remnants of the reaction of fear. This creates feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, anger, hopelessness, and helplessness. Stress reduces our immune response and leaves us open to infection. Continuous fear and stress cause lasting damages to our bodies, minds, and spirits.
By truly acknowledging our fears, including the very real and scariest fear of all, death or getting the virus, we can let it go. Yes, talk about the monster in the room. What if the worst happens? Are you prepared? Do your loved ones know your wishes and desires? Are your fears realistic? Are you taking precautions to be safe? Talk openly and freely with your family and loved ones about the worst-case scenario. It may not be as bad as you think once you face it.
Then, move on with life, leaving the fear behind. Open up to life and the energy of the future and all the potential that surrounds us. By focusing on the fear, we focus on constriction. Focusing on the future opens us to incoming energy from others, nature, our surroundings, and opportunities that come from unexpected sources. Creativity is exploding around us as people are finding new ways to work, do business from home, continue their education, write books, paint, do crafts, develop projects with their children, find non-profits to support, create safe sports programs, and remake life with COVID-19. We are reviewing unresolved social issues of discrimination, prejudice, inequality, and injustice that have needed our attention for decades. We must address our health care system so that access to medical care, testing, and treatment for all is available as the virus mutates and recurs throughout the coming months and perhaps years.
Humanity has flourished after wars, plagues, revolutions, social upheavals, and disasters. We are flexible and resourceful once we realize we have the ability to overcome our limitations. Release the fear and thrive. Our natural state of being is wholeness, wellness, and love.