Releasing Your Fear

Use this meditation to embrace and then let go of fear that bubbles up in the face of worldwide and personal tragedies.

Dr. Bernie Siegel is a physician, author, motivational speaker, and advocate for individuals living with the challenges of chronic illness. Here, he leads us through a meditation, exclusive to Beliefnet, to help us release our fear.

Read Bernie Siegel's Introduction:

This meditation will help you to deal with all the fears that we all confront, whether it's 9/11, Iraq, or the rejected teenager at school. We're all here for a limited amount of time, and life is difficult--not unfair, but difficult. The key is to really confront our fears because when we do, and when we look at them, we really begin to realize that we are capable of handling them.



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When you say "I lost my job, I don’t know where I will be next year; I have cancer, will I be dead?" you are picturing the worst. Remember, we're in control of the images. The only thing we can control are the images and the thoughts that go on in our brain. You can't control the world, but when you control your thoughts, you bring order.



I see this again in people with life-threatening illnesses. They really begin their lives when they learn that they can die. And it may be, in a sense, tragic that our planet has to be threatened before we all become one family and can be there for each other and change things. Then again, out of all the fears and disasters, some wonderful things may truly happen.



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