“Fear is excitement without the breath.” Fritz Pearls
I heard this quote a couple of times last week and it’s been on my mind because it has powerful implications.
Breath does wondrous things to and for us. A good, deep, mindful breath connects us to that place within where The Force lives. A diaphragmatic breath can signal the body to move into relaxation in preparation for meditation or yoga. And yes, when we are feeling fearful we tend to not breathe, or to breathe very shallowly. Breathing into the fear replaces that fear with something more peaceful, like a peaceful breeze moving fresh air through a meadow, distributing all the beautiful scents of wildflowers, pine trees and meadow grasses.
What if fear really IS excitement without the breath? What if we could simply take a deep breath and feel the excitement of life? Instead of anxiety, anger, sadness or any of the other ways in which fear manifests?
I know that lots of folks don’t recognize fear for what it is. But it really is true that there are only two states of being: fear or love. If you are feeling something negative, it’s fear. Next time you find yourself sitting in a puddle of tears, or angry, or anxious, or depressed, or worried…..stop. Just stop, and take a deep breath. Take another one. Keep breathing, deeply, until whatever feeling it is you are having subsides and is replaced by something more positive. Revel in that new, positive feeling. Know that the new positive feeling is good and right. Know it for the excitement that it is, for a new and positive feeling can create a new and exciting situation for you. Positive thoughts are much more powerful than negative ones, so breath away those negative, fearful thoughts, and allow them to be replaced with beautiful, positive and exciting thoughts.
Centers for Spiritual Living have Licensed Spiritual Coaches that can teach you how to breathe and replace those fearful thoughts with exciting and more powerful positive thoughts. Call 530-906-9336 for more information about spiritual coaching in the Lake Tahoe area.