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This is the third and final post of a three-part series called Stepping Away from Fear During Covid-19 and Beyond. You can read the first and second installments in this series right here!

“Most of us create Prisons where none need exist.”
– Dr. Ruth Randall
“An unquestioning mind is a world of suffering. A questioning mind creates clear thinking and is a place where life can be examined more broadly.”
– Byron Katie
4. NEGATIVE JUDGMENTS AND IMPATIENCE:

Quantum Physics teaches, that nothing observed is unaffected by the perceptions of the observer. Our perceptions are, therefore, always coloring our thinking.

Psychologists are learning that embracing gratitude can help bring our negative judgments to an end. Painful and fearful ways of living can be altered using this healing tool. Adopting positive thoughts can reduce stress, aid physical well-being, and can result in more peace and harmony within us.

Impatience is often a symptom of unrealistic expectations. Try to avoid placing arbitrary time limits on emotional or physical healing. The same counsel may be helpful with personal situations or life events. Take whatever action that seems to be required to influence or change what is undesirable. Working from a place of non-judgment and patience will create a calmer mind.

“Our limited beliefs are calcified in our mind. When a new positive idea is introduced into our consciousness, resistance automatically occurs and stops the new idea from true consideration.” – Rev. Sylvia Sumter

“Listen to what your inner guidance is telling you. During times of stress, it can be more difficult to hear this voice, which can be dangerous for us. “
– Rev. T.D. Jakes
5. INSTINCT AND INTUITION:

Try to always stay connected to your instincts. Listen to and learn to recognize your personal intuition, which is often referred to as our “inner voice of wisdom” or our “gut feelings.” Always insist on taking the time to discover which course is best for you, and what will keep you safe. At times we certainly do need to be flexible and be willing to compromise. A balanced Life will require it. However, hold boundaries around your basic instincts and don’t throw your intuitive voice to the wind.

As you commit to self-reflection, intuitive awareness will expand for you. If you find this process a bit confusing, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional. Working with a therapist, life coach, or spiritual counselor can help you reach a higher level of knowing and understanding yourself.

Being overly concerned with how other people perceive us, can cause us to become conflicted and to abandon our personal guidance. It is very easy for many of us to unconsciously embrace the prejudices of other people. We often then, join others in their fears as well.

It can be helpful to reduce your daily exposure to news and social media sources. These can promote fearful thinking. Cultivate up-lifting books, videos, movies, and people. A meditation practice is another proved way to help us connect inwardly. Research has shown that activities encouraging faith, love, and charity can reduce stress and re-connect you with a peaceful life.

“Courage is more exhilarating that fear…We can discover that we do have the strength to stare it down.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt