Mindfulness Bell Exercise
There is an acronym for FEAR that I read that reshapes what the word typically means. FEAR can mean Face Everything And Rise! All of us on some level experience fear. Fear can be useful at times as it can have an energy within it that helps us prepare for an upcoming challenge, in school, sports, or facing a challenge in a friendship or with a family memember. But sometimes it can have the energy that stops us in our tracks cause we are afraid. Afraid of not being good enough, strong enough to skillfully know what to say to that friend or family member, or not sure how we will perform on a test. These are all fearful thoughts, and if we notice them as that, thoughts, then this awareness can loosen their hold that they may have on us. The good news is this: when that feeling of fear arises, we can change the fearful thought to, Face Everything and Rise. Maybe this is done in our own mind and needs to be an internal shift you make; that you are going to tell yourself you are good enough to face this challenge. Or maybe you will find the courage to face the friend or family member and say what your truth is. Being Mindful includes facing whatever arises with kindness and compassion towards ourselves. Then we are better able to be kind, compassionate and rise up and face what we needs to be faced.
Let’s keep this in mind as a community practicing Mindfulness:
Face Everything and Rise!
Find your power and let it shine!
Have a great day!
Nikki Levine, M.A.