Fibromyalgia and Fear
Below are excerpts from Living from the Heart, © Brooke Broadbent 2005, which will help you address your personal issues of fear:
It’s easy to sum up the symptoms of fear because we all have them. Fear has played a dominant role in many people’s lives. We let fear overturn relationships, make us ill, and hold us back from believing that we can have what we want. Mindfulness can be a way to cope with fear.
Ways to Combat Fear to Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms
The writings of Thich Nhat Hahn and Jon Kabat-Zinn can be very helpful in learn mindfulness, to combat fear and relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Hahn is a Buddhist monk, poet, peace activist, and the author of many other books. He lives in a monastic community in south-western France called Plum Village, where he teaches, writes, gardens, and works to help refugees worldwide. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioural Medicine.
In Kabat-Zinn’s work, his focus is on meditation exercises. He says, “By concentrating on your breathing, you are able to overcome fear, negative thoughts and other feelings that hold you back. It’s simple yet it works. When negative thoughts enter your mind, just be aware of them. Don’t act on them. Through mindfulness you will be able to identify your fears, talk about them with others and in general become more peaceful. You wilI accept your fears and will not fear fear.”
How to Embrace Fear
Face fear and negative thoughts by accepting their existence. Do not engage fear and negative thoughts. Do not let fear and negativity lead you to make life-changing decisions. Do not let fear and negative thoughts undermine your journey. Live fully in the present. Do not regret the past or fear the future. It seems simple enough, but our Gremlins, or negative internal voices, keep getting in the way, telling us we messed up in the past and we will repeat the same mistakes. The ideal is to get to a point of accepting what we have as ‘perfect’ because it is what we have, and then we can be at peace. To accept what ‘is’, helps us to stop looking ahead to see what is coming. It helps us to stop looking at the negative side of things.
The present is all that exists. The past is an interpretation of what happened, influenced by where we are in the present. The future is unknown. The secret of life is to live in the present. Just concentrating, a meditation, on our breath helps us to live in the present. It’s straightforward. In the end, mindfulness meditation does not dispel fear, it helps us to embrace it, to acknowledge that fear exists and to live with it.