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Why do we have so much fear?

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Source, where I share with you timeless wisdom and tools for taking your life to the next level.

Think of everything else in your life that you’ve drifted your attention to over the past few days.

How about that conversation you recently had with a close friend of yours? Maybe you’ve been obsessing over what someone else is thinking. How about the internal conversations you’ve been having with yourself about your health, your aging, your love life, your relatives, your money?

What aspects of those issues has your attention been focused on? Successes or failures? Satisfaction or fear? Self-reflection or rumination? And how much has your attention been on these issues? Let’s cut to the core right now and explore your current state of attention.

In the space below, write down the three biggest challenges, fears, or concerns that have been consuming your attention over the past few days. Next to each issue, write down what you perceive as the most likely outcome of each situation:

Where My Attention Is Right Now

ISSUE                                                                      EXPECTED OUTCOME
1 ____________________________________      _____________________________

2 _____________________________________    _____________________________

3 _____________________________________    _____________________________

It all comes down to attention. Wherever your attention is, you’re giving power and energy—consciously or unconsciously—to the outcome you anticipate. If you fear the outcome, it prevents your natural ability of intention to unfold. If you are working toward the outcome, you are in the process of manifesting the outcome. When we expand our thinking and allow more possibilities to enter into our awareness – even just a little bit – our Sacred Power of Attention will begin to provide solutions.

So now write down the same three biggest challenges, fears, or concerns that have been consuming your attention over the past few days. Except this time, instead of writing down the most likely outcome, write down what you believe to be the best possible outcome—the one that would be a great solution to the challenge, transcend your fear, or ease your concerns – an outcome that would replace any anxiety you have with relief, satisfaction, and happiness.

ISSUE                                                                       BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME

1 ____________________________________       _____________________________

2 _____________________________________     _____________________________

3 _____________________________________     _____________________________

Using the Power of Attention is like shining a flashlight in the darkness. Wherever we point its beam instantly becomes the reality of the moment. Do you notice the difference in how you feel when your attention is on the best possible outcome rather than a feared outcome?

The skeptic in you might say, “Well, of course I feel better when I think about the best thing that could happen.” But that’s the whole purpose of this process, to help you realize that it’s always a choice of where we want to place our attention.

Sometimes when we get so familiar with the possibility of a negative outcome, we start expecting it, believing that it’s the only outcome—and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. But outcomes are in the future, and the future is never carved in stone. At best it’s a guess of what we believe is likely to unfold.

This week, let’s apply #itrust I every aspect of our lives. Come back here after a week and leave a comment with your experiences.

Keep meditating, and I’ll see you in the gap! Peace. -davidji

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