‘There is no illusion greater than fear.’ Lao Tzu.
We are not yet halfway through the year, but let’s reflect on what has happened so far in 2020.
The year kicked off with a new UK Prime minister vowing to ‘Get Brexit Done’, followed by a close call across the pond where President Trump managed to avoid impeachment (narrowly avoiding WWIII), then a global pandemic, the implementation of social distancing and quarantine, UK’s PM then contracted the virus and required intensive care, hornet bees, and finally the revelation that the latest spotted UFOs exist! In just four months we have witnesses more social turmoil and life-changing events than most of our forefathers did.
There is currently a global divide on how the pandemic should be dealt with. Many businesses are understandably keen to get back to work whilst introducing the social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines (and they are guidelines) set out by government. However, many people still feel it is unsafe to return to work and are confused and anxious about their futures. Fear seems to permeate our current status: fear of contracting Covid-19, fear of passing it on to friends and family, fear of dying, fear of losing our livelihoods – and fear can be all-encompassing and paralysing.
Whilst it’s completely reasonable to feel fear in these uncertain times, we should take care not to allow fear to dictate how we think, behave and relate to others. Fear is not all that there is. The way in which many communities have come together and supported one another is testament to the power of the human spirit.
Time spent with family has granted us insight into the lives of the people we hold most dear. We see our children adapting to school from home – we feel proud. We see our partners performing their work duties from a laptop on the kitchen table – we feel grateful for their dedication. We use technology to connect us to our families and friends who we cannot see outdoors – we feel empowered.
The loss of life and impact of Covid-19 is terrible, however it’s crucial to bear in mind that the time spent in lockdown has had positive effects for many of us. We have had the opportunity to reflect on where we are in our lives, to take stock. Many people have realised that the world will not stop turning if we do not fill every last minute of the day with productivity. We have learned to slow down, to smell the flowers and to look at the sky. We have indulged our appetites and remembered how pleasant it is to cook a meal and eat with our family. We have laughed and cried together and learnt more about ourselves and others.
Fear has its uses. It keeps us alert and heightens our senses. And that is exactly where fear belongs or else it takes up the space of all the beautiful and beneficial feelings we need to experience and to sustain our life force.
Nelson Mandela: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”.
Natural Remedies for subduing Fear
The first remedy that comes to mind is our breathing. It is our breathing that is the most natural way to achieve our balance. It is here where our ancient traditions show us gentle and easy ways of maintaining and supplying our bodies with oxygen, helping brain and heart to do their natural work.
From the ancient Hawaiian HUNA tradition we teach our Theragem therapists the HA breathing for certain protocols. This brings you into a calm, collected, higher state of awareness with a couple of breathes. Very useful tool to help you get through these tough times, so we are offering this meditation for free. You can download your free gift in our webshop now.
Enjoy and let us know your experience!