“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” -Saint Augustine
Life becomes a little more magical when you slow down to witness the world around you- minute by minute, hour by hour. In the past, I used to constantly think about “what is next,” but lately I’ve been embracing the moment by not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. My situation hasn’t changed, but one critical thing has: I’ve changed my attitude.
The funny thing about fear is that it’s merely a situation created in your own imagination. The event itself that you are fearful of hasn’t even happened; every time you start slipping into your fearful pattern, stop and remember: Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.
I used to take action based on fears, to protect my ego, or to fit in with society expectations. I ignored what was right in front of me, or what I really wanted, and ultimately missed opportunities in the moment because I was too concerned with the future.
Over the past couple of years I have tried to focus on what makes me happy and have started to finally learn who I am as a person. My own fears told me all sorts of lies about myself, from not being productive enough at work to not having anything to offer a partner. These were all based on my fear of not being accepted, which stems from being a shy only child. Through my mindfulness practice and spirituality, I am learning to become my #1 supporter, as it is much easier to love others when you love yourself first. My fears have started to slip away, and my faith has given me confidence to build relationships knowing that I am valuable.
Developing a strong spiritual foundation is essential to overcoming fear, as you can’t have faith and be fearful at the same time.
Enjoy the journey- there’s a beautiful life ahead of you.