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Heartwings Love Notes 921 - What is there to fear?

Heartwings says, "If your present moment feels safe and happy, stay in the present."

The acronym for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. I learned this a few years ago and I think of it sometimes when I am tempted to be afraid of or afraid for something appearing dire. Life presents plenty of scenarios that could give us the shivers if we let it. Right now, the bogeyman is the Coronavirus. Please understand, I am not downplaying the importance of avoiding this virus, what I am concerned about is the climate of fear that surrounds something we are told is not more dangerous than a bad cold to most, though it can kill vulnerable people. Unfortunately, so can many germs.

However, in order to maintain your good health you need to take all the measures you have been told to, ever since you were old enough to care for yourself. Number one is to get enough sleep. I can't emphasize this enough. Do what it takes for you to get to bed for a restful eight or nine hours of slumber. If you have problems, check out the effective homeopathic non-addictive, no side effects aids to sleep. Your local health food store has them, and they are not expensive. Some mild stretching before bed sends me gently off to slumber, as does alternate nostril breathing. Google this for more information. It works well for me. I learned it, then taught it in my yoga classes some years ago. And of course, wash your hands frequently.

I wish I had known about this breathing technique when I was between eight and ten, or perhaps even earlier when I suffered what might be called Night Terrors. I would lie in my bed quaking with fear about an imagined tragedy I believed would take my parents from me. One of these waking nightmares stemmed from a radio program I heard when I was in the second grade and home from school with a cold. I still remember the room I was in and the radio that told what was probably a tale of some kind, about the building of a tunnel that collapsed and drowned people. If I had called out to my parents, I would have been scolded, so I just coped as best I could.

When my children were small there was plenty that I might have feared, however, I had confidence in their behavior and their choices. I continue to do so. As I grow older, much could cause me to be afraid. Any ache or twinge could turn into a crisis if I let it, but I don't allow myself to tie into that negative thinking. It's also true that when I face what seems fearful, it dwindles and becomes much less threatening. When I say to myself, "I am safe now in this moment," I can realize the truth of that and do whatever is necessary to stay that way. Taking sensible precautions is one thing, hiding under the bed is another. Keeping your immune system strong works best to help you avoid catching any germs. Negative thinking is counter-intuitive to that. I refuse to take fear into my heart or into my thoughts.

May you stay healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit.

PS Do you have any coping mechanisms to share? I always love to hear from my dear readers. Your emails make my day. I will answer each and every one as time permits. Reach me at Tashhal@gmail.com my web site: www.heartwingslovenotes.com
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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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