I recently heard an interview with two women who were discussing fear and everyone's obsession with fear...mastering it, defeating it, and pushing through it. Instead, it was posited that we observe fear as a necessary companion. It protects us from potential harm and can be a useful indicator.
Fear is like a thermometer that when activated, alerts us that we are stepping into the unknown, venturing into uncharted territory. Fear is saying, “Oh shit, we’re about to do something we’ve never done before, let’s run!”
I am familiar with fear. When I first began singing and playing guitar in front of an actual audience, besides my cat Habeebi, I visibly shook. It wasn’t rational. I tried to reason with myself. “We’re under no threat. There’s no reason for us to be this afraid. Stop shaking, they can see us!” I said to myself.
But with fear, familiarity is the remedy. I played open mics, sang at morning meditations, and jammed at parties. Eventually the shaking waned. So when fear shows up in creative endeavors, that’s a good thing! It means we are stepping outside of what is comfortable into our next incarnation.
Just tell fear, “You are welcome to come along, but I’m gonna do this thing. You are in the backseat and I’m driving.”
Here’s a mantra that I recorded a few weeks ago in my NEW meditation space! The mantra is Om Gam Gunapataye Namaha. It’s a mantra to observe fear and move forward past perceived obstacles. Gunapati is another name for Ganesha, the Hindu deity who prepares you for great change. Listen or chant along to receive the energetic support of Ganesha.
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P.S. I’ve been experiencing my own fears as I self-publish my first book! It's a big leap and I could use your prayers and support! Details coming soon, but you know I have something special planned just for you <3
Hi! I'm Robin - Teacher, Singer, & Author. I love creativity & sharing what I love!