Working with Fear! by Keshav | Sep 17, 2020 | Community Insights | 8 commentsFind something in the present moment to inspire hope or gratitude!8 Comments Betty on September 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM Joe, I had what I call a near, near death experience. I was alone and although I could not get a breath in or out, was not able to speak to call for help, I was filled with peace and a total lack of urgency or fear. If I had imagined that happening before that experience I would have predicted being frantic and fear-filled. The experience of life lived from the perspective of separation is much more frightening then being at one with what is, even the prospect of imminent death. missy on September 24, 2020 at 11:55 AM Yes Carol, life itself… I started to list while sitting here, all thatâ€™s around me I am grateful for…a lot right now has to do with the fact itâ€™s 75 degrees and sunny! Ladybugs flying amongst wasps, A bird chirping; I have not heard that in days! I looked fear in the face and said yes to getting some art together today, for the windows of a local bank for an art walk, and there was much gratitude on both sides for doing this. A wee sense of normalcy? Not really just grateful, and hopeful we can all find a moment to smile and find something each day that brings us hope. Thank you Keshav for asking this question. Namaste all. Love you. sasanijjs on September 22, 2020 at 10:32 AM When I am a part of a near death experience, I can feel myself energetically bowing to the universe. The reminder for gratitude is profound. Mind has no place to create a story when immediately confronted with impermanence. Betty on September 21, 2020 at 10:33 PM Good to hear from you, Carol. Thanks for your uplifting example. ceejaypea on September 21, 2020 at 7:58 AM This present moment itself, i.e. life, IS hope and gratitude. As I reawaken every morning the sensation of being alive and aware fills me with gratitude. The first deep inbreath makes me smile. (Just realized that of course this would be the answer of a woman of my age!). Namaste. Diane on September 19, 2020 at 10:02 AM In the present moment I have total gratitude for my health for with it I am able to handle whatever someday my way with the faith that Betty so aptly mentioned. Braveheart on September 19, 2020 at 6:40 AM I am grateful to the support – seen, heard and felt when I open my ears and open my heart. I’m grateful for the repeated verbal reminders that support is always here and to open my heart to feel that truth. It is always here. Betty on September 18, 2020 at 12:27 PM I have found that gratitude opens me up to peace. It is a great fear quencher, a great heart opener. The only hope I have in this moment is knowing that in all moments, regardless of the circumstances there is always presence waiting for me to remember it. In searching for a bible verse about hope, I ran across this definition of hope in the biblical sense: Hope is faith in the future tense. When I was young I hoped for a lot of things. None of them came in the way I had hoped for. And in that case my hopes were more like intentions. But the belief that they were possible was enough. The bible verse Hebrews 11:1 was: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” I can have faith that whatever happens there will always be awareness to fall back into. I will do what I can to create the changes that are possible. At best I can know that these changes are possible. The closest I can come to hope is knowing that now all is well. And in every now all is well.