It’s my sincere hope that this post finds you and those you know in good health. I write to you from New York City, the center of the pandemic in the US. New York, as of now, has almost 113,000 confirmed cases of the virus and almost 3,565 deaths.
My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones and for everyone who is in the state government and medical field who are working tirelessly to help the rest of us.
During these times it is natural to feel and experience fear. I’d like to share with you a couple of things that can help you mitigate the fear that you may be experiencing.
Let’s start by understanding what fear is. Fear, like worry, is a result of awareness going into the future, creating something that has not happened and returning to the present and fearing it. [For those of you who want to understand awareness and the mind better see my first email in this series. Link below my signature.]
Fear is one of the worst areas of the mind to live in and it is the doorway to all lower emotions.
The fear area of the mind is extremely magnetic. It is part of the instinctive area of the mind and is tied to our physical body and senses. To pry awareness away from this area of the mind when it finds itself there requires a tremendous amount of willpower. That is one of the many reasons why I focus so much on the importance of developing willpower. We need to use our willpower to move awareness out of the fear area of the mind and into more uplifting areas of the mind.
If you find your awareness going into the future and creating a situation that causes you to feel fear then grab hold of awareness and bring it back to the present.
If the fear you see in your mind has a strong possibility of manifesting then find solutions to ensure it does not happen. But by all means do not let your awareness go back to that area of the mind, re-enact that situation in your mind again and come back to the present and continue to experience fear. You use your indomitable willpower to hold awareness in the here and now.
That is your first exercise to work on repeatedly throughout the day.
The second exercise I want you to work on in mitigating fear is doing an affirmation that my guru, Gurudeva Subramuniyaswami, taught me. Every morning as soon as you wake up, sit on the edge of your bed with your spine straight and affirm to yourself, “I am alright, right now.” Close your eyes, bring your awareness back to the present, and repeat this affirmation three times. Feel yourself being completely secure in the eternity of the moment.
Repeat this affirmation at night right before you go to sleep in the exact same way I have prescribed it.
And if at any time during the day you experience awareness going into the future in an unwholesome way, gently and lovingly bring it back to the present and affirm to yourself, “I am alright, right now.”
Please put the tools into practice. They don’t do anything for you if you don’t practice them.
Stay strong. Stay Safe. Stay Home.