If you’ve seen the headlines lately — not just about the Israel-Palestine conflict but also about the fighting in Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, the desperate kids seeking refuge in the U.S. — you know the world is in dire need of this higher vibration. These days we’ve become accustomed to frightening news. When terrifying things happen in the world there’s no way to avoid feeling fearful even if you live millions of miles away.
Following a tragedy we’re taught to quickly pick up and get on with our lives, but on a subconscious level we still feel the terror at our core. It’s easy to hide in a bar, numb out with the Internet or turn off the news and pretend like nothing happened. But if you avoid your fear it will subconsciously haunt you. When tragedies occur an emotional imprint is placed on you and it sticks around until it is healed.
There’s no right or wrong way to handle our feelings though there are tools that can help. Outlined below are a few steps for working through your fear to reclaim your power when you feel powerless.
Step One: Get honest about your fear
It’s healthy to admit that you’re afraid. When you honestly acknowledge your fear you release the tension of holding onto it. Share your fear with a loved one, write about it in a journal or share your experience with a therapist or a support group. Openly admitting your feelings is a crucial step towards working through your fear. If you’re up for it, I encourage you to share your feelings in the comments below. Share your truth and know that your honesty will help another reader. We’re all in this together.
Step Two: Breathe through your feelings
The next step is to identify where you carry your fear in your body. Some people hold fear in their throat, their shoulders or even your stomach. Sit for a moment of stillness and sense where your fear is held in your body. Then breathe deeply into the space where your fear is held. Continue to breathe into the tension and on the exhale release it. Continue this cycle of breath until you feel the tension release. Your breath is the greatest tool for releasing fear in your body.
Step Three: Connect with others
Connecting with others’ positive, peaceful energy is the best way to reclaim your power when you feel powerless.
For further guidance check out these blogs:
Beginners Guide to Meditation
How to Handle Your Feelings about Hurricane Sandy
How to Handle Your Feelings about the Colorado Shooting
How to Handle Your Feelings about the Sandy Hook Shooting