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With the many obstacles we face on a daily basis, it is easy to fall victim to negativity and fear. The level of possible difficulty we may need to face in life knows no limit. Not assuming the worst case scenario can be difficult.
There are two major reasons for this. First, it is the job of the left-logic side of the brain to assess all possible outcomes in an effort to prepare us and protect us against what is to come. Secondly, it is a chance for our pain bodies to feed.
While watching this process in myself, I noticed that my mind brought several different negative outcomes and inspired fear and dread when I was faced with even simple changes and obstacles. I had to deliberately change the course of things if I wanted to be solution oriented.
As people we end up stewing over possible negative outcomes before seeing that the situation is working itself out. For the most part, things work out in the best possible way. Yet we will fall prey to this mechanism almost every time we are faced with change.
Thinking about how often we are faced with changes big and small, it is constant. If we worry about things it drains our vitality and causes stress and anxiety. This is why it is so important to practice intention setting, faith and solution orientation.
It is important to realize the role of our pain bodies during the stress-out process. Facing the unknown is a great opportunity for the pain to surface and feed. The more we stay conscious of this pattern the more we can take our power back from it and starve the pain.
How many Xanny bars have been used to numb the pain caused by assuming the worst possible outcomes? Having been a sufferer of debilitating anxiety for years, the only way out was to resolve my past and train myself to process information differently. I have overcome my dependence on medication. Though I do still struggle a bit when it comes to overcoming fear, the panic is gone.
A panic attack is essentially fight or flight reaction manifested in the body over assuming the past will repeat itself. While that is a possibility, it is not likely. The other thing to remember is that our ability to face these things is much better. We are stronger, wiser people because of those experiences.
To the pain bodies, they are like a Thanksgiving feast. Think about how emotionally spent you feel after a panic attack. That energy is sustaining your pain mechanisms. We will stay imprisoned by this until we start doing things differently.
The good news is that we can start right now by setting intentions to become conscious when it is happening and send the energy in a new, more productive direction. Deliberate action will turn into new habits and a much more peaceful coexistence with our lives and the world we live in.
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