You have hit on the root of anxiety Louise…purely a future based emotional state.
All made up stories about how we think the future will potentially turn out for the worse.
For me it is realizing that on an absolute scale…everything is OK. Breathing into my lower body is key. And I recently came across Gangaji, she is amazing at getting to present moment awareness and fulfillment.
Here is a video of hers that changed my life, just in the past week in fact:
I agree with Joe – that “rational” or wired in fear is there for a reason, to protect us. I would also call that a “simple fear” there’s no story attached to it, not fuel to perpetuate the illusion. I would call that a real, legitimate fear (for the most part).
But as we all know, most of our fears that stop us are more complex, in the sense they have a story attached to them that keeps them going. Social conditioning has a great deal to do with these fears. Many times most of the work to be done in overcoming fear is in the undoing of these stories and beliefs, rather than putting new ones in place.
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