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Gillian Florence

What lesson might be hidden within a fear I have about teaching?

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If you've ever experienced fear, doubt, or insecurity around teaching mindfulness (probably all of us!), I invite you to consider:

What lesson might be hidden within a fear I have about teaching?

In other words, think about a time when you felt nervous or anxious prior to (or during) a session that you led. Does hindsight provide you with any insight into a potential lesson here? What wisdom can you find within this insecurity or fear? What does it invite you to consider, work through, or acknowledge?

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Hi Gillian and Community - for me its not so much a fear, more a need to feel comfortable with technology. Its a huge growth area. Each time I sit to do something new on the computer have been doing some breathing and/or mindful walking first which is lessening the overwhelm response and am finding that I am more open to 'have a go' at attempting a new skill. 

 

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I would see this as an opportunity to be in the moment, fear is about an unknown future that we have no control over, we seem to be hardwired towards a sense of certainty and security, so for me teaching is an opportunity to practice mindfulness 

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Thanks for your insight Carole! Yes, the words that come to mind when I contemplate what you've written and the question itself is 'what if...'. There are many what if's, but we can use these moments of uncertainty/anxiety to just come back to now.

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Hello everyone.   For me when I am about to do something new or different it is the worry of what may or may not happen.  I have an old habit of wanting to control the situation, and I tend to think of all of the things that may go wrong, instead of reminding myself that all may go right.  Once I begin the task I was worried about, I find my fears were so ridiculous I just laugh.  However, it is a pattern and my ego loves to try to control and spread fear.  I believe my lesson is to trust myself, go with the flow and remember ~ so what if things are not perfect.  I can always try again!  Have a great day.

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