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You Are So Much More Than Fear

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jul 18th 2013

brain made of lightsDropping into presence is like dropping down into the depths of the ocean.

On the surface of the ocean are waves, sometimes calm, while other times crashing together in response to the weather on the surface. Fear is simply a wave on the ocean.

In your mind, drop down into the depths of the ocean and look up at the wave of fear and you will see its impermanence as clear as day. The wave may thrust around, but your pure awareness is not affected. You are safe, grounded, present and free from fear.

Is it possible to touch this place of presence where fear is just a wave and you are the ocean? 

What would the days, weeks and months ahead be like if when you felt the grip of stress, anxiety or fear overtaking you, you were able to drop down into a wider spacious awareness seeing the fear as only a wave doing its thing?

While the brain is powerful and can very quickly drive our minds and bodies into stress and fear, with awareness, we can regulate sooner and sooner with this understanding and experience. 

Below is a short practice that can be done anywhere and anytime to foster this wider more spacious awareness. 

Before you jump in, remember to treat this like an experiment, dropping expectations and being open to what you notice. 

What did you notice? 

Were you able to sense into that space of abiding presence? 

What would be different if you could get better and better at tapping into this space? Might you get in touch with choice and the deep understanding of the impermanence of emotions?

Just practice and repeat, you are so much more than fear. 

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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