In fear, we operate from the reptilian brain.
This is a good thing. Nature set it up this way. It is a defense mechanism.
When in danger, we need to operate instinctively, quickly, without thinking.
This is what can save us when faced with a bear or cougar in the woods.
The eyes see danger. The nerves send messages to the muscles to either fight or flee. This is a direct transmission from sensory input to muscles.
The higher intellectual brain is not involved.
This is a perfect system in times of actual, physical danger.
The challenge? When we make long term decisions while in fear. Not good. The higher brain is not involved.
So…question. How much of the time are we in fear?
How much of the time do we make long term decisions that require higher brain function…while in fear?
Ask: Am I fearful of what is going on in the world today?
“The state of the world is desperate…as usual.” –Tom Robbins in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
Does it behoove us to remember that we have lived through desperate times before? Maybe lots of desperate times.
In the 50s and 60s we had the Cold War, living on edge of a nuclear war at any moment. High anxiety…all the time.
Somehow, we muddled through.
Do you think we might muddle through the latest “crisis-du-jour?”
Herbalist and entrepreneur Yarrow Willard posted this thought:
“I believe this is a perfect opportunity for us to express what we are grateful for in our lives rather then get upset about things we cannot change.
Because The person who is most affected by negative thoughts and actions is the person who is having them. Not the person they are directed towards.
I am grateful that the sun is shining and that I am still able to breath clean air. I am grateful that there are people who care about future health of our planet and are working to find solutions to our current challenges.”
We can choose: Live in fear. Or live in love, joy and happiness.
Fear or love. From which state can I make wiser decisions in my personal life?
Despite what is going on in the world, I can choose joy.
Here are some free tools to help with that decision: http://zenofjoy.com/
To Your Joy, Energy and Health,
In this issue:
Complaining Rewires the Brain
Fun: A Powerful Tool for Transformation
►BOOKS WORTH READING
►MOVIES WORTH WATCHING
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. -Thich Nhat Hanh
How complaining physically rewires your brain to be anxious and depressed http://ow.ly/QfU2305MbJj
Fun can be a powerful tool for transformation as past and recent Nobel-Prize-winning women demonstrate. http://ow.ly/YwVO305wmw2
BOOKS WORTH READING
Four Hour Chef Tim Ferris. Overwhelming amount of work went into this. I am having to put it on the back burner. His FOUR HOUR WORK WEEK and FOUR HOUR BODY were incredible.
MOVIES WORTH WATCHING
Last Man on the Moon Documentary about the last man on the moon. Quite poignant.
Fun Facts About Fear
“Used in the wild, especially with animals. Lions “scare” prey, then the preys body stiffens making it easy to catch.”
I wonder…If advertisers and politicians use fear to “freeze” us. Then they can manipulate easier? What do you think?
Our survival instinct can cause us to fear death, the loss of livelihood, possessions and security.
For most of us, fear is a fact of life, but it need not dominate our awareness.
A little faith can help to place it in the proper perspective. Faith can help us see that what we experience in any moment is precisely what we need to in order to grow.
If we live with an underlying expectation that we will move through any difficulty that arises, even in the midst of uncertainty, we empower ourselves to…
Enjoy life more.
Steve and Jarl http://gratitudetwentyfourseven.com/fear-faith-and-fun/
To Your Joy, Energy and Health,
Mission: To help you take shortcuts to More Joy, Energy, Health and fulfillment in life.
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