What to do when fear and worry invade the mind? These powerful emotions can easily influence and direct our thoughts, speech and actions. Fear can direct our attention in various ways without us being consciously aware of it. Like background-tasks in computers, it drains our energy and makes life appear dreadful. It fills our being with anxiety, tension and unhealthy stress.
The attitude of worrying is arising out of the fearful mind. Fear is like a general in control of an entire army. It directs hate, anger, doubt, anxiety, stress, dishonesty, worry and a host of other conditions. When fear is active, it can even hijack positive emotions such as gratitude and kindness and use them to establish or expand its dark empire. Being at the base of the mental construct of “self and other” it compares, judges and creates division where it can.
This week I am exploring our options. What can we do when the deceptive state of fear takes control and colors the mind, our emotions and our actions with darkness? Fortunately there are a few very powerful steps we can take to make things better. In this collection of topics I am reflecting on qualities that illuminate darkness, offer space and overcome the energy of fear with wisdom, kindness and compassion.
Our Two Weekly Audio Teachings
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EPISODE 155: Fear, Worry and Kindness
The cause of fear and worry is a self that wants to be in control. The inner control freak constantly wants to be in charge of what happens and what will happen. Such a self has a hard time to truly relax and be at ease. It is kindness that helps us to relax through hard times – but it has to be understood well.
EPISODE 156: Let the Control Freak BE
The controlling attitude within our mind is fueled by fear. Letting go of control is probably one of the most difficult things on the spiritual path. Control manifests as struggle, trying, wanting, not wanting etc. In this talk I am explaining that the key is not to “get rid of” anything – the key is to allow and see.
Blog: Overcoming Fear with Kindness and Wisdom
In this article I am introducing two powerful methods that counteract and overcome fear directly. But that’s not all. The state of kindness and insight wisdom are not only helping you to get rid of fear, they will also replace it with more constructive and skillful states.
Video: How to Deal with Worrying
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About The Author
Tobi Warzinek has been working as a spiritual guide and mentor since 2009. His journey started in early 2002 when he entered the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Rabten Choeling. He spent approximately 7 years in the community and studied the Tibetan language, mind-training and various meditation methods. Additionally he trained in traditional monastic debate and Buddhist philosophy. In 2011 he subsequently began practicing within the “Forest Tradition” in Thailand. Altogether he has dedicated his life to the exploration and refinement of introspection throughout the past 18 years. You can connect with Tobi on his page or on facebook.
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