This week, Anna and Maria tackle the topic of fear. They talk about fear’s relationship to other emotions, notably excitement and love, and why thinking about these relationships can be helpful. They also discuss some of the different feelings that we lump together under the English word “fear,” and their thoughts on how our language affects our perceptions of situations. They also talk about some tools we can use to confront and let go of fear, while acknowledging that the goal is not to eliminate fear altogether, but rather to focus more on how we can cultivate other feelings, like love and gratitude.
Mentioned in this episode:
Tara Mohr on different kinds of fear
Melissa Dahl on fear and excitement
Olga Khazan on fear and excitement
Oprah and Deepak Chopra's free 21-day meditation challenge that's going on now!
Journaling (here's a good book if you want some journaling guidance)
The Lively Show with Jess Lively
Our episode with Rebecca Cooper
This week's quote:
"I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written...Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." - Oliver Sacks