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Fear

Fear is a primal instinct and everybody has some. And for good reasons: everybody should have fears. Because it keeps you alert, ready to react to danger, prepared to overcome undesired situations.
The way to deal with fear is to acknowledge it and do something constructive about it.
In other words, taking charge of your fears. Most of all, this is the premise to being a strong, grounded person.
For me, the moment I became fully aware of this concept meant a significant shift in my life perspective and actualization. Suddenly, my focus became quite more accurate and direct and that has allowed me to refuse the nonsense from my existence.

 



 

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Relief

For years I believed to have found my dream job, the fulfilling job that everyone searches and it’s so difficult to find.
And many people never discover. I am talking about the kind of job that you work so hard to pinpoint and that is the perfect career for you.
It turned out that I wasn’t the right fit for that industry. And I gave it up because that is how things go.
In the end, it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore.

What happened after that it’s the most surprising thing of all: the strongest sense of relief that I have ever felt in my entire life.

“…the habit of falling hardens the body, reaching the ground, to in itself, is a relief.”
— José Saramago (Blindness)

“I felt lighter when I had finished, and for once emptiness was a sweet relief and a condition to be treasured.”
— Rachel Hartman

 



 

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Acceptance

I take some time to focus on noticing my thoughts and body: instead of pushing negative feelings away I practice awareness as they are part of life and they are opportunities to learn things about ourselves.
After realizing that negative thoughts repeatedly cause me pain, I am happy to let it go and make progress.
Watching my negative emotions, like they are objects passing by, it allows to remove their power over me.

 



 

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Gratitude

I would like to share the greatest daily practice I’ve adopted in my life: writing in a gratitude journal every night before I go to sleep. For the last six years this has been a part of my evening routine. No matter how bad my day has been, there are always so many things to be grateful for. And you know what? I very rarely have bad days anymore! It’s been amazing to witness how the practice of gratitude fosters more and more experiences to be grateful for. The mere acknowledgement of it really can do wonders for your state of being. Finding the positive side of everything makes the not-so-great stuff pass by more easily. They say that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others,” and I wholeheartedly agree.