For this week’s meditation we turn to my favorite Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis, who reveals…
I fear nothing. I hope for nothing, I am free.
Wow, that says it all, doesn’t it?
I mean, seriously, most (if not all) the problems that plague each of us as human beings come from fearing something or hoping for something.
Well, for the next seven days, try this meditation to let go of both fear and hope…
To begin, take several long, slow deep breaths until you’re clear and still.
Once you’re focused, breathe in something that you’re afraid of. During the still pause between the in-breath and the out-breath, notice the nasty feeling in your body as your fearful thought reveals its power in you.
Now, as you start to slowly exhale, let go of that fearful thought. Just breathe it out slowly. As you’re breathing out and letting go, you’ll notice a feeling of bliss has replaced the icky feeling of fear.
If several things are causing you fear, repeat the exercise with each one.
Work with fear today.
Tomorrow, repeat the exercise but instead of fear, breathe in something you’re hoping for. Hold the hoped for thought for a second and note the feeling. Exhale slowly and totally release whatever it is you were hoping for.
As you’re breathing out, you’ll again notice a feeling of bliss.
Wow, fear and hope both shackle us.
Let go of what you fear as well as what you hope for, and, guess what?