Fast Sundays 24: Imagination
Day 168/365: Never fear! It’s just your imagination anyways
Fast Sundays: Every Sunday, I write a 300 words post on different topics of interest, after starring at the blank laptop screen for 3 minutes. Whatever pops into my mind at the end of the 3 minutes mark, that’s what I’ll scribble below.
Fear is never about the present moment. Even if you’re sicker than sick, you’re not afraid that you’re sick right now. You’re afraid you’re sick and something very bad is going to happen in the future because of your illness.
Which is more often than not empowered by the fact that you’re thinking about a case from the past when a person who was as sick at you got surgery or had to go through medication, or even passed away.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ “— Eleanor Roosevelt
Imagination stands at the base of fear
People get scared because of things from the past or because of what could happen to them in the future. 99% of the times the things they think about never actually happen. 99% the things they fear about from the past have no meaning for the present or future.
The truth is, fear is a product of our imagination. Living in the past or future brings out the sense of fear in all of us. It’s unnatural to be fearful about a situation from the future, or to dwell on an event from the past.
It’s called craziness. Of course, most people are not insane for having some bad thoughts when they fear they’re not going to pass an exam, or their cold is possibly getting worse and worse.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” — Buddha
But living in your mind will never benefit you. Living in reality will. Let imagination go as far as it wants, but always remember to give your mind a gentle nudge when it goes a bit too far and bring it back to the present time.
There’s nothing wrong with your mind if it fears the future or dwells on the past. Just bring it back to the “now” and make that the general state of it. It’s not easy, but with time, patience and practice, you can get there and forever end the power imagination and fear have over your mind.
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