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Searching our Mind for the Roots of Fear


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You are taking a early morning walk in the woods ― pleasant, beautiful day, the sun shining through the leaves. Suddenly, a snake appears at your feet. You experience something at that moment. You freeze, your heart rate shoots up and you begin to sweat ― a quick, automatic sequence of physical reactions. That reaction is fear.

Human anxiety is greatly amplified by our ability to imagine the future, and our place in it.

A day later, you are taking the same walk again. Sunshine, pleasure, but no snake.  Still, you are worried that you will encounter one. The experience of walking through the woods is fraught with worry. You are anxious.

This simple distinction between anxiety and fear is an important one in the task of defining and treating of anxiety disorders, which affect many millions of people and account for more visits to mental health professionals each year than any of the other broad categories of psychiatric disorders.

Scientists generally define fear as a negative emotional state triggered by the presence of a stimulus (the snake) that has the potential to cause harm, and anxiety as a negative emotional state in which the threat is not present but anticipated. We sometimes confuse the two: When someone says he is afraid he will fail an exam or get caught stealing or cheating, he should, by the definitions above, be saying he is anxious instead.

But the truth is, the line between fear and anxiety can get pretty thin and fuzzy. If you saw the above mentioned snake at a particular rock on the path of your walk, and are now at that spot, the rock may stand in for the snake and elicit fear, even though the snake itself is nowhere to be found.  In modern life, many fear states are like this — they are brought on by things, signposts or signals that stand for harm rather than things that are truly harmful.

We actually know a tremendous amount about what goes on in our mind.

Have you ever been so afraid of failing at something that you decided not to try it at all? Or has a fear of failure meant that, subconsciously, you undermined your own efforts to avoid the possibility of a larger failure?

Many of us have probably experienced this at one time or another. The fear of failing can be immobilising – it can cause us to do nothing, and therefore resist moving forward. But when we allow fear to stop our forward progress in life, we’re likely to miss some great opportunities along the way.

“Fear is an illusion created by your own mind, The only thing to fear is fear itself.” – Wasay Foladi

It’s almost impossible to go through life without experiencing some kind of failure. People who do so probably live so cautiously that they go nowhere. Put simply, they’re not really living at all.

What I am trying to say, honestly we all have fear of something in our life, we fear of disappointments, we have fear of failing or even taking risks in life. There are a lot of obstacles that we create with our own thinking and our own mind. I know its easy to say that overcome fear but how do we do that! How can someone easily over come them, there are many ways as mentioned by so many gurus or buddha teaching that we shouldn’t fear for fear itself is an division that we create by believing that we will fail.

I know I am not here to say that I was good at what I do, but we all know that we have been there, and the only way we can move forward it overcome that obstacles, no matter how hard you think its going to make you feel about giving up, think and stop for second, just imagine what is that one thing that you fear and think of it as an mirage that it doesn’t exist, its just a mirage and believe in yourself, we all win or lose, life is not to just stay on ground when you have fallen so badly that you think its impossible, but we need to get up and get stronger, what doesn’t kill makes you stronger!

We are all searching for something, something that makes us feel alive, something to connect us , to give our lives meaning, but sometime when you searching for something, the worse thing that could happen is! You find it! here we go again we still feel that fear of finding something that we were searching for.

It’s important to realise that in everything we do, there’s always a chance that we’ll fail. Facing that chance, and embracing it, is not only courageous – it also gives us a fuller, more rewarding life.
However, here are a few ways to reduce the fear of failing:

– Analyse all potential outcomes – Many people experience fear of failure because they fear the unknown. Remove that fear by considering all of the potential outcomes of your decision.
– Learn to think more positively – Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful way to build self-confidence and neutralise self-sabotage.
– Look at the worse-case scenario – In some cases, the worst case scenario may be genuinely disastrous, and it may be perfectly rational to fear failure. In other cases, however, this worst case may actually not be that bad, and recognising this can help.
– Have a contingency plan 

 

– If you’re afraid of failing at something, having a “Plan B” in place can help you feel more confident about moving forward. But keep moving on, We could all find it but what would be the point, What’s the point to anything! Life”

Sometimes we all searching, searching to give our life some meaning, whoever says to you that you cannot accomplish or do something, they are wrong!

It’s always possible! Never underestimate what you can accomplish!

When you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.
Never Give up!

 

Love & Peace

Namaste

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