A funny thing

It turns out we are rather good at that thing we’ve wanted to do but our mind has sabotaged us from trying it.

What happened? We decided to do it…1,2,3…let’s go. We braved it, we stepped out of our mind, we allowed the fear to be the guide instead of the inhibitor.

The things we fear are the things that matter and the more we fear the more they matter. Why? Because our mind is programmed to protect the self-image the same as our limbic system is designed to protect the physical us. So if a bus is hurtling towards us we react instantly thanks to our limbic brains.

The mind lives in the past or the future, constantly fueling the self-image and projecting forward looking for salvation or more of the same. So when we try to do something, the mind creates worry, anxiety, fear through future projections of what will happen if we try. The mind does not want anything to happen to the self-image so the future projections are usually gloomy.

The moment we step away from our thinking and just do, focusing on that thing and that thing alone, deep focus, then the mind is silent and disarmed. What happens then is we learn, get even better and realise the fear/worry/anxiety etc wasn’t real.

We realise that the thing we’ve wanted to do, we can and we can do it and enjoy doing it.

Stay away from the mind and a funny thing will happen, we’ll fear things less.

Fear is popular

If we took just a moment to really analyse what we are told, hear, see and listen to, we’d see beyond the headlines, the soundbites, the carefully crafted words and pictures – the fear we’re sold and told.

We’d realise all that is pumped into us on daily basis by social media, the media, large corporations, small businesses, governments, our peers, in fact, anyone who can broadcast a message is mainly fear and scaremongering.

We suck it up, as it compliments nicely our own mind created fears, it allows us to reassure ourselves that the end of the world is upon us and best not to risk doing that thing or this. We can say in our heads ‘I told you it was…’ insert whatever fear scenario we’ve cooked up and then sooth ourselves with some click bait, social media and Netflix (maybe this is just me).

Fear is popular as it lets us all off the hook. But we end up like the rabbit caught in the headlights and that doesn’t end well.