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  1. M
    Mike

    For Christians in general, God would be both the source of the wisdom that leads to understanding and of the perfect love that casts out fear. All good things point back to their source. – And for those who share my temperament, a dash of memento mori also helps rebuke fear.

    3 years ago
  2. KC

    life …

    3 years ago
  3. Linda

    What came to mind is aging. I am now of Medicare age (!) and know that aging will bring a whole new set of challenges and opportunities. I sometimes can’t believe I am the age of my grandparents, and I remember thinking of them as so old! I think I will face the fears of aging with a good sense of humor, rather than worry about all the things that could happen to me!

    3 years ago
  4. Hot Sauce

    My beginnings of understanding the boundaries between healthy cultural borrowing vs. economic exploitation, cultural misrepresentation, resource exploitation, and sacrilege are calling me to understand more so that I can practice my spirituality and borrow from different traditions without doing so in harmful ways. While I admit there is some fear that I may have to change certain aspects of my practice, I think it is better to give up certain practices for the sake of not hurting people from other cultures than to continue certain practices just because I like them.

    3 years ago
  5. d
    db82258

    Freedom

    3 years ago
  6. TofuLove

    It sounds lame but yeah everything. I think the more a person is willing to understand about everything around them and also in them the more growth there is. I’ve definitely noticed when I’m fearful I don’t want to understand, I go into situations thinking, I know what this is and I’m closed to hearing out what is actually happening … so my experiences seem that, it’s better to even if the fear is there, to push myself to understand, to open even just a bit and at least look and when you do, often in my experience, you realize what you thought was there, isn’t actually, it’s something different and much less harmful than your mind initially told you.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    I was feeling particularly lonely a while back and fear came knocking. My Guru unexpectedly invited me to undertake a personal inquiry – his question, “Have you fully explored the full depth and dimension of this life?” I started by looking at this life and the seemingly aloneness of it. I decided to step out of self and look from the perspective of my local street, so I became the street. Hmm I thought, what if I became the neighborhood and looked from that perspective? Perhaps even from the perspective of the City, or State or country? Hmmm, what if I looked from the perspective of the planet? But why stop there? How about from the solar system… or maybe even the Milky Way? Hmmm, what about from the whole darn super cluster? All in… the whole of creation? Then the question that followed was, “Where is the Buddha, or Christ, or Allah, or Shiva or whatever name you choose?” Ha!

    3 years ago
  8. Mica

    My work! I stressed and stressed for months before leading a virtual event yesterday. It went great. The stress was also useful, leading me to learn new ways to reduce stress.

    3 years ago
  9. Antoinette

    Understand letting of of everything

    3 years ago
  10. L
    Lauryn

    My relationship with my partner. We went through a rough patch for a couple months…but it seems now that has passed and I’m learning to trust.

    3 years ago
  11. d
    dcdeb

    Attempting to get more into community. To express.

    3 years ago
  12. pkr

    My mantra as of the last year or so….
    Faith over Fear.
    Some days I have trouble remembering it. I often need gentle reminders. I am not in control. All is Well. Blessings to All here. 🙏

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      “Faith over Fear” – thanks, pkr. “Faith and fear do not go together,” the guru said, but I like your shorter version 🥰

      3 years ago
  13. Cathie

    Crazy travel in my life keeps me from this community too often, and so when I popped in today this is such a pertinent question in regards to my family and the world community in general.
    Whether it is my son, niece, nephew’s life or the new culture of no consequences for actions in general, my thought is – I am called not to fear the changes or to judge, but to listen for understanding and to continue to shine the goodness, love and “Ultimate Reality” of life.

    3 years ago
  14. Nelson

    I started a new job. (Yay!) It’s day 3 and I’m already placed on the team handling the biggest account. Some old stress-induced fears came back. But nowadays, I’m much wiser and more calm. I’m leaning into those disempowering thoughts, understanding where they came from. Acknowledging them and moving on anyway. It feels good to have that level of control and understanding of my thoughts, and knowing how to effectively handle these situations.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Congrats on your new job Nelson:)

      3 years ago
    2. Mica

      That’s exciting, Nelson – leaning into fears; understanding; biggest account! I’m impressed 😃

      3 years ago
    3. Howie Geib

      congratulations!

      3 years ago
  15. Cintia

    Trust.
    Strengthen my confidence in Life.
    Letting go of the silly attempt to think I can control something.

    3 years ago
  16. Pilgrim

    Perhaps whatever is causing fear to arise is an invitation to explore and ponder with kindness and patience. Probably now, my fears (or maybe better stated, anxieties) are around my upcoming move … getting all the steps done to get me to moving day, having the movers show up, and getting settled in my new home. It will be in a city I know and love, and have always longed to live in. But ahead of time, a lot of anxiety.

    3 years ago
  17. Sandra

    This will be my first communication with this community. I remember finding it first some years ago – having the interest and yet not pursuing it. I am so grateful to have rediscovered it at this moment in my life and yet I don’t know where to begin. If I am truthful, I am fearful of beginning – I am fearful of posting this reflection. I am fearful of committing. I am fearful of doing it wrong. Yet I know that something is calling me to understand more and so I must let go of my fear. Perhaps it doesn’t matter that I don’t yet know, or can’t yet articulate what is calling me. Letting go of the fear comes first.

    As I typed my answer, which I thought would finish at the end of that last sentence, something came to me. There is a much wider aspect to the question. I have answered it here in relation to myself and the particular circumstances of my life right now. But I can think about it in a much wider way also. Setting aside fear – be it of people, places, faith, politics, culture – setting aside fear of the unknown opens the way to understanding which in turn reduces the fear. An upward spiral.

    Which still doesn’t answer the question. I still don’t know what is calling me. Or perhaps I do know but I’m not yet ready to give it a name. But the question is intended to promote reflection and it has done that. Even if I am still very fearful of posting this. I hope I will be brave enough to post it anyway. Just one click …

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      Welcome to this site Sandra. Everyone here is so nice and I’ve been doing this every morning for over 3 yrs now.

      3 years ago
      1. Sandra

        Thank you Michele 😊 I hope I can make a daily visit here too.

        3 years ago
    2. A
      ALICIA

      You are welcome here. You have connection. And, I believe, you spoke for many….you’re more courageous than you thought.

      3 years ago
      1. Sandra

        Alicia, thank you. I appreciate your kind and caring words.

        3 years ago
    3. Samuel

      Sandra, you will find this to be a very supportive, caring community. I don’t know of another anywhere that is more so. So you can indeed feel comfortable expressing your thoughts, hopes and fears here amongst many others going through much the same life difficulties as you are. It was recommended to me over three years ago after the death of my late wife of 53 years, and has been of tremendous help to me in trying to go on without her by my side…

      3 years ago
      1. A
        ALICIA

        My sympathies on the loss of your dear wife. Grief knows no time table. I’m glad you are here, Samuel. Courage.
        I’ve seen some of your posts. I see the wisdom in you. Thank you.

        3 years ago
      2. Sandra

        Samuel, thank you 😊 And thank you for sharing your story with me 🙏 I can imagine you have faced many trials and challenges over the past three years. I am feeling braver already, thanks to your welcoming words and those of others here. After I had posted, I had to go out on an errand. Although there is a fair amount of difficulty in my life at the moment and imminent loss, I was able to drive along feeling true gratefulness for what I was noticing along the way. I realised that for those few moments I could appreciate the beauty in the world without losing sight of the challenges. This has been a good day 🤗

        3 years ago
    4. Cintia

      I agree with Ose: here you are dear Sandra! Thank you for sharing your quite intimate inner movements and concerns.
      You are welcome in our hearts!

      3 years ago
      1. Sandra

        Cintia, thank you! I am feeling the warmth of this community already 😊

        3 years ago
    5. O.Christina

      … and here you are, dear Sandra. Thank you for sharing your quite intimate inner movements and concerns. 🙏😍 I can relate to what you expressed, trying myself to find the courage to let go of the fear and instead to open up inner space and freedom to face the intensity and the vastness existing inside and all around and to embrace it with all my being.

      3 years ago
      1. Sandra

        Ose, thank you 😊 For the encouragement and the understanding 🙏 You’ve made me smile.

        3 years ago
  18. Marnie Jackson

    Letting my children grow into the people they are going to be requires me to step back and let them take the reins. It calls for me to understand where they are at and to stop fearing that I am doing the wrong thing. Stop fearing that they can’t handle a situation or that they won’t reach out when they need help.

    3 years ago
  19. Howie Geib

    Fear is, for me, most often a threshold emotion. It acts almost like a fire alarm. Alerting me to some perceived potential threat. Age and experience have allowed me to address these with a calm approach as panic helps no one. And then, unpack the triggers to see how best to deal with it, what actions are called for and decisions to make. So the short answer is experience I suppose.

    3 years ago
  20. Patricia

    Another confusing question. Or something. Understanding doesn’t necessarily lead to less fear; I can listen to another person, try to understand their position, but in the end I just fear what such beliefs will lead a person to. So I just have to trust God and “be not afraid.”

    3 years ago
  21. EJP

    Mental health, both n challenging times and during peaceful seasons.

    3 years ago
  22. Mary Pat

    I was diagnosed with Covid a few days ago. It started with a cold, and got worse, then went away. And it came back with a vengeance. Then, it got better for awhile…just like a seesaw…..but yesterday it started to worsen again, so on a virtual appointment with the doctor, they registered me for the antibodies. I have had both vaccines as well as the booster. I can only imagine without those what my mortality would be…..I know the antibodies will not cure this virus, but it will help my body fight it. There is still great risk, and yes, when I got the diagnosis fear became very real…..but with my body doing all it can, and the antibodies soon to help, medical science and educating myself have taken a place in the forefront of my mind and helped me to be less fearful. This question is very real for me today, at almost 4 in the morning. My insomnia is having a hay day, and all kinds of things are in my foggy brain. But meditation helps-there are many on fear-and I will be doing that while I am infused today. They have told me it takes hours, 2-4, because they have to watch you for an hour after, so we will see….to not be gripped by fear is something I have been living recently. It is easy to go there, but easy has never been my thing.

    3 years ago
    1. Kevin

      Praying for you, here, Mary Pat, for a full recovery, and soon!

      3 years ago
    2. Michele

      Sending you healing energy Mary Pat. I hope you feel better. I called out of work today- have a nasty raw sore throat. I am also vaccinated and Covid is on my mind too. Wishing you a successful infusion:) I lit a candle for you too.

      3 years ago
    3. O.Christina

      May His light and healing be with you, dear Mary Pat. I hope that on the physical level, the Antibodies will strengthen you so that the body might be supported to fulfill healing from this sickness. We all are with you in this and you will be in my prayers.

      3 years ago
    4. Mica

      Oh, dear, Dear Mary Pat – I have lit a candle for you 🕯

      3 years ago
    5. A
      ALICIA

      Mary Pat, you have many praying for you. And, although those treating you do not speak of their thoughts, there are prayers in the hands that treat you .I , along with others, will keep you in heart. You might notice 6 hearts to your post….they are praying for you, too,

      3 years ago
    6. pkr

      Mary Pat, so sorry to read your news. I will pray for your good health to return soon. Stay Strong, think healthy positive thoughts. Sending you love, hugs & prayers. ❤️🙏

      3 years ago
    7. Pilgrim

      Oh, Mary Pat, I’m sorry this has come about. I join with your family and many others in holding you in prayer, light and hope in these days. May the infusion do its good work in you.

      3 years ago
    8. Howie Geib

      Wow Mary Pat! I am so sorry to read this! I am glad that you have your appointment today and will be holding you in my thoughts.

      3 years ago
  23. Dusty Su

    For me, it’s really to understand less (not more) and fear less by walking by faith.

    3 years ago
  24. Michele

    Life and relationships- how they impact you. As many people have said “this too shall pass”, “live in the present”, “the only thing to fear is fear itself”. These come to mind.

    3 years ago
  25. Kevin

    On principle, I have been reasonably content to live my life as a member of one political party in my country, while at the same time believing that my country is best served by having more than one political party to represent its people. But over the past few years, and especially during our current pandemic, alarming elements of the other major party have become, in my view, radicalized, extremist and leaning towards fascism. I fear for the wellbeing of my country even as I try to understand these other political viewpoints. I have yet to figure out how to fear less without sticking my head in the sand.

    3 years ago
    1. pkr

      Kevin, I too fear for the USA & what’s to come. Like Samuel wrote “God is in charge”. I try to hold onto that thought & pray my a.. off! I truly believe good will win out, it may just take some time. God bless you & yours. 🙏❤️

      3 years ago
    2. Samuel

      Amen, Kevin. Remember, God IS in charge, and at the appointed time will be victorious. We are charged to do His work here on earth. He will direct us, as He did Moses and so many others, as to what to do and how to do it when He is ready to do so. “To everything there is a season…”
      Ecclesiastes 3:1

      3 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Thank you, Samuel, for your words here.

        3 years ago
      2. A
        ALICIA

        We are, indeed, in a season. God is in charge. Thank you, Samuel.

        3 years ago
    3. Pilgrim

      I am with you in this, Kevin.

      3 years ago
    4. Mary Pat

      Amen. I could say more, but I will stick with Amen….

      3 years ago
    5. Michele

      Good one Kevin -pretty much sums up USA right now. Sad.

      3 years ago
  26. Christine

    My brain is cracking at this question. I do not understand the question. Usually an answer quickly pops into my head, and I share it with you. I can’t make the connection between understanding more and fear less. Fortunately, there are always many nice answers from you that are useful to me and that are meaningful. Thank you from my heart.💛

    3 years ago
    1. Kevin

      I had somewhat the same reaction to today’s question, Christine, as you did. I sat with this question and don’t really “like” my own response, which for me, truly answers today’s question. It was my strongest emotion, with the most clarity in my own mind and heart, with which I could answer the question, even as I cherish the fact that this site stays clear of political messages however it can, my response was what kept rising within in to express.

      3 years ago
      1. A
        ALICIA

        I found you articulate and your concerns are truly understood. Well said. And, considering the US climate, fear is reasonable. I do my best not to let it incapacitate me.
        I so appreciate Samuel’s input, also.

        3 years ago
      2. Samuel

        Kevin, your perception IS your reality. You are entitled to it and have expressed it much more tastefully here than many others have elsewhere. Thank you for being a “gentleman.” There are not many of us left in this day and age…

        3 years ago

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