Thought Bite: Fear

“…first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, from his first inaugural address.

As was the time in which President Roosevelt said those words, these too are trying times. The entire world is facing a danger that sickens and often kills. Commerce and travel have come to a halt. Nobody knows when the danger will pass.

In such circumstances, it’s understandable to experience fear. Fear is not bad. It serves a purpose. It alerts us to a threat and arouses and energizes the body to take action to overcome the threat.

But many fears are aroused by imagined threats. The first step in dealing with fear is to determine the actual level of threat.

The great Himalayan sage, Swami Rama, said, “Fears, if not examined, will develop strong roots, though they are often rootless. Fear invites danger.” Swami Rama, Sadhana, The Essence of Spiritual Life, Pp. 31.  That’s worth repeating: “Fear invites danger.”

So, examine fears to determine the actual level of threat.

If it is determined that there is a real threat, then take skillful action to minimize the threat. Do not to let the fear find a long-term home in the mind. Let the fear go.

Simply taking action to minimize the risk often reduces the fear. But if that doesn’t do the trick, there are methods to do so which require re-directing the attention. These will be discussed in an upcoming thought bite.


19 Dec 2021;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Full Moon Meditation 2020