Above all, a materialistic society desires certainty. It seeks to guarantee it, it passes laws to enforce it, wipes out the pathogens that threaten it, and lets everyone have guns to protect it.
Even the seemingly innocuous habits of inking in plans and clinging to beliefs and opinions are the reverse-image of the uncertainties that the heart yearns to be certain about.
Yet, if we seek security in that which is inherently uncertain, discontent is the inevitable result.
Fear is a discomforting friend. The impulse is to get to a place of safety, but where in the phenomenal world – either mental or physical – could that be?
Perhaps we should make a 180 degree turn.
Fear feels like this.
Many find that fear locates itself primarily in the solar plexus, sitting like a tightened knot in the belly. Just feel it, know it, open the heart to it as much as possible.
We’re not trying to pretend or force ourselves to like it, but it is here – right now it’s the way things are.
Let this process run for at least ten minutes, then consciously let it wind down – not suppressing it, but letting it wind down naturally. It might take a while, but that’s fine; just let it run out at its own pace.
During this time, reestablish the breath as the focal point, and use the exhalation to support the fading of the fear-wave.