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“It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. It is the season of hope. It is the winter of despair.”
– Charles Dickens

These are indeed very challenging times for all of us. Those alive today have never before faced what we are now facing. Our society is experiencing uncertainty, confusion, anger, division, and fear. But, this is also a time of opportunity for personal growth, for compassion, and for unity. How are YOU choosing to interface with this moment? What are you allowing to enter into YOUR mind and heart?

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years confined in a prison. Yet, he explained that he always felt totally free inside of himself. He chose to experience inner freedom! William Shakespeare wrote, “Nothing in this world is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

Thoughts are the results of our beliefs and our interpretation of our experiences. Psychologists tell us that our thoughts form our personal perception of the world around us, and our thinking creates the feelings we experience. Fearful thinking often results in feelings of sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger and in some people depression. Choosing loving and peaceful thoughts create loving and peaceful feelings. As we combine our thoughts and feelings, we then decide to refrain from or take action. This action is expressed outwardly through our words and deeds. What are YOU choosing to express in your life?

Loving and peaceful thoughts are never a problem. Fear however, is. Remember, fear always begins is our mind. A teacher once explained, that if we look closely at F-E-A-R, we will see that fear is simply false evidence appearing real!

Read the next installment now – Stepping Away from Fear During Covid-19 and Beyond – Part 1