Faith or Fear
Affirmation: I let go of fear, anxiety and shame.
I recall the first time I heard the phrase; Faith or fear. It was in a sermon at a church I was visiting. It was one of those moments when I felt the light go on. I knew exactly what he was talking about. I had a choice. How was I going to live my life? Well, I decided right then and there, I was not going to have my life’s choices dictated by fear. And, I have been deciding that every day, ever since. I have had to make it a meditation. Deciding was the easy part; making the choice, putting it into practice, well, that’s a whole other story. I am a cancer survivor. One of my physicians graciously told me that the cancer wasn’t anything I did or didn’t do; it was a “random act of violence.” In one way, that gave me a lot of comfort. I didn’t need to find blame either within or without but it meant that I was vulnerable to the whims of the world and with that thought, I found I felt unsafe. It left me fearful. I wondered what else was going on inside my body that I was totally unaware of? And, I was afraid. Once again, I was faced with finding a way to live with Faith and to let go of the fear. That’s where my original affirmation about fear came from: “I let go of fear, anxiety and shame.” It’s evolved over the years. I not only focus on the letting go of those emotions that don’t serve me; I now focus on strengthening my Faith. I have several affirmations that I say to increase my sense of well-being; to make me believe that no matter what is happening, I am alright because my Faith is strong and helping me stay in a good place.