You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
– Eleanor Roosevelt
We sometimes experience fears of outside entities, say: public speaking, dogs, snakes, heights, etc. But, what about the internal fears of: rejection, failure, conflict, being alone. Fears are energy drainers that only get worse the longer you allow them to eat away your life.
If you don’t talk about it
Non-communication leads to illness, fears establish themselves in parts of your body and cause you pain. They can affect your self-esteem, thereby preventing you from speaking up for yourself. They can cause depression, heart disease and hypertension, just to name a few. They can break up relationships of all kinds with family, friends and even business associates.
When you do talk about it
Talking about your fears is the first step to three major things: managing them, releasing them, and, therefore, overcoming them.
Managing them begins with examining when, where and how the fears began. Was it a childhood trauma? Most of our first experiences of fear start in the early stages of our lives. Whether it was an alcoholic father, a co-dependent mother or a divorce, consciously dig deep to find the reasons for any currently surfacing fears.
The act of releasing fears means touching the emotions we purposefully avoided however long ago. Taste the words that form to acknowledge those emotions and voice them in a safe environment surrounded by your loved ones, especially those affected by your anger or silence, including business associates.
Finally, you have gained the courage to overcome what has held you back from the greatest potential of your life. You will be open to receive a brand new life—one tailored just for you. It may not be easy at first, but the more you identify your fears and talk about them, the more positive energy rushes in to nurture the strength you sprung forth.
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Kelly D. McClain is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) currently teaching Beginner’s Yoga on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. at the GLCCB. Send your questions or requests for more information atHaYoga.Kelly@yahoo.com. Also, visit Tim Hurley, RYT at the Center on Sundays at 3:30 p.m.