The clichés around facing your fears, not feeling fear and the likes are endless. Nonetheless, much good can come from getting acquainted with our thoughts around the things we fear. Understanding how what we dread affects our thoughts, emotions and actions gives us valuable insight into ourselves. With insight also comes the power of choice to act in another way or choose a new perspective.
To help us close the gap to our fears we can use The Buddhas Five Remembrances. This was written precisely to help us with the challenging task of confronting and meeting our fears.
Begin like this:
Read the following text one sentence at a time. Create space in yourself for each word and allow yourself time to grasp the meaning and significance of each line.
- I am of the nature to grow old; there is no way to escape growing old.
- I am of the nature to have ill health; there is no way to escape ill health.
- I am of the nature to die; there is no way to escape death.
- All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change; there is no way to escape being separated from them.
- My actions are my only true belongings; I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
See what you discover and make a note of any thoughts that arise.