How often are we faced with our fears, especially when we’re about to move forward and fulfil our dreams.
I ponder over my inspirational ideas, plans and goals, as I find the courage to make the first move. Laying down the first stones of the path. But there is always this bump, an obstacle so great it debilitates my thoughts and actions. I convince myself it’s not really worth it and maybe I should give up now and just walk away. This bump, often seen as anxiety, stress and worry is usually the face of fear.
Fear and uncertainty
Having constant questions like “what if something bad happens” or “what if I fail” rolling around the inside of your mind, has this amazing ability to convince us that we are making the wrong decision or we are not worthy of our dream.
Are we willing to allow fear to win every time or will we face it with a smile? Thich Nhat Hanh explained that once you have recognised that it is fear causing these emotions that you should nurture it. Take a few breathes and smile at fear right in the face. Send it your love with a big cheesy grin from the heart.
Being present and living in the now helps these negative thought energies to be released at an easier and more gentle pace. When we bring our awareness to the present moment we are not rushing into a circle of “what ifs” and the road blocks that fear presents us.
Virabhadrasana A and B Sequence
I like to use the warrior sequence to help keep my mind stong and brave. To encourage me to move forward toward my dreams without fear and with all the passion and energy I have to offer. As I draw my bow and arrow, I visualise letting go of fear with the strength to cut through the emotions, thoughts and inaction that keep me from my goals.
Follow this sequence to find the warrior in you.
Bring your awareness to the present moment. If these negative thoughts of fear pop in, greet them, nurture them and smile at them with love as they move to the back of your mind. Take a few deep breathes, and connect with your Ujjayi Pranayama (Victorious stretching of the breath technique).
Vasisthasana (Side plank pose)
Trikonasana (Triangle pose)
Virabhadrasana I (Warrior)
Parsvakonasana (Side Angle pose)
Exhale and come to standing in Samasthiti.
Smile and breathe.