Recently, I’ve found myself asking, “What is the opposite of fear?”
Some people might say courage, but I think this could be a mistake when it comes to deeply embedded fear. You can easily reinforce fearfulness or trauma by pushing yourself to be “courageous,” or trying to go too fast.
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I find relaxation through body awareness a better starting point to counteract the kind of fear that’s been frozen in time, implanted in the body, and hidden in deeper recesses of the mind. Fear is about contraction, isn’t it? Whereas relaxation through body awareness allows for expansion.