A New Response

Choosing a New Response
Common Fears

Everyone has fears—it is a natural part of being human. Fear can protect us from harm by sending a rush of adrenaline to help us physically deal with potential danger. But there are times when fear may keep us from participating fully in life. Once we realize that fear is a state of mind, we can choose to face our fears, change our minds, and create the life we want to live.

Our minds are powerful tools to be used by our higher selves; like computers, storing and using data to make certain connections between thought and response. We have the ability to observe these and choose differently. No matter where the fear came from, we can create new connections by choosing new thoughts. When our souls and minds are in alignment, we create a new experience of reality. This journey requires many small steps, as well as patience and courage through the process. Here’s an example: You decide to overcome your fear of driving on the freeway. Your plan of action starts with examining your thoughts and finding a new way of seeing the situation. When you’re ready, you enlist a calm companion to support you as you take the first step of merging into the slow lane and using the first exit. Your heart may be racing, but your confidence will be boosted by the accomplishment. Repeat this until you are comfortable, with or without help, and then drive one exit furth! er. When you are ready, you can try driving in the middle lane, for longer periods each time, until you find yourself going where you want to go. This gradual process is similar for conquering any fear, but if you find it overwhelming, you can always seek the help of a professional.

You may think that you are the only one with a particular fear, that nobody else could possibly be scared of ordinary things such as water, heights, public speaking, or flying. These types of fears are very common, and you can have great success overcoming them. Remember, it is not the absence of the fear but the courage to take action anyway that determines success. When we learn to face our fears, we learn to observe our thoughts and feelings but not be ruled by them. Instead we choose how to shape the lives we want.


Words from the Buddha’s House of Wisdom

Not much to say, other than it is sage advice.
clipped from www.google.com
You are like a withered leaf, ready to crumble in death’s hand, and what preparations have you made? The time is now! Practice, become cleansed, and be ready. (Flaws, v 235-236)…
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Newt Gingrich had it right. Racism is racism.
What makes all of this so important and critical, here is
Aren’t our judges supposed to be impartial?
clipped from www.foxnews.com

” Let’s get to that specific quote here’s what she said. About well let’s get Newt Gingrich’s take on what she says he said. Imagine a judicial nominee said my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latino woman knew racism is no better than — racism. White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw Latin Latino woman racist should also. Withdraw. Does he have a point.”

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That Old Rag Word of the Day: frippery

That Old Rag Word of the Day: frippery

Does this noun really have great sound sense, or does it just seem so because it lacks any modern relatives and has a very narrow meaning? Its root is frepe, Old French for "old garment." Frippery is used today, always in a disparaging way, to denote something needlessly showy or affectedly elegant.