‘Oh, fear, here you are again.’
What to do with fear
When fear arises bring a new attention to it:
Naming the fear softly, experience what the fear does:
- to the body
- to the breath
- how it affects the heart
- notice how long the fear last
Be aware of the images.
- Notice the sensations and ideas that accompany it, the trembling, the coolness, and the scary stories it tells.
Fear is always in anticipation of the future, and imagination.
- Notice what happens to your sense of trust and well-being, your belief about the world.
The spirit of naming and discovery can also be brought to understanding fear, another form of aversion.
We will encounter fear over and over again.
However, at some point, if we open on our eyes and our heart to the fearful mind and gently name it, ‘fear, fear, fear,’ experiencing its energy as it moves through us, the whole sense of fear will shift, and later may come the recognition.
‘Oh, fear, here you are again. How interesting.’
Naming fear by Jack Kornfiled
Adapted by G Ross Clark