DEATH: a matter of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter

Is today’s subject making you feel a bit squeamish? At my age (72), it’s quite natural to think about death, but most people are like children who are afraid of the dark; they’re uncomfortable with this subject. Yet, contemplating death is similar to buying life insurance. If you are serious about protecting your family, you will buy it when you …

Overcoming Speaking Anxiety

Overcoming Speaking Anxiety in Meetings & Presentations by Lenny Laskowski1996 LJL Seminarshttp://www.ljlseminars.com Do your knees feel like Gumby’s when you have to get up and speak in front of a group? Do you feel like the next words out of your mouth are going to be the dumbest words ever uttered by a human? If you said yes to either …

Getting Over Fear

Getting Over Fear and On with Your Life by Chris Widener I have worked with thousands of people through the years and written for millions of others, many who have written to me for advice and the like. One of the things that I have found to be common in so many people is fear. Fear is something that cripples …

Control Fear

There is no such thing as fear. How’s that for a bold statement!  Good, now I have your attention, let me explain myself. There are various factors that can create fear and most people don’t realize that fear itself is something that is totally internal to their own mind.  It is not a real physical thing, you can’t point to …

Meditation and Anxiety

Meditation and Anxiety Stress And Anxiety   by: Steve Gillman Stress and anxiety put people in the hospital every day. It may not be common to go to the doctor to say “I think I have stress,” but the National Institutes of Health say that 80% of illnesses are caused by stress, directly or indirectly. Powerful hormones, including adrenalin, are …

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back

The title of this article is attributed to Publilius Syrus (circa 85 – 43 B.C.), who was brought to Rome as a Syrian slave but later given his freedom. He then became, it is said, a playwright and moral teacher. Whether he is the author or not, the saying contains valuable insights. Mainly, for each courageous act we perform, we …

The Fear of Death is Worse than Death

My wife and I often take a 15 minute walk from our house to a coffee shop. We enjoy the walk along a beautiful tree-lined road and smile at those we pass along the way. Just a few days before writing this article, we were stopped on our way home by a Filipino gentleman named Tony. “You are always smiling,” …

What’s the point of it all?

A bright, 21-year-old university student asked me to comment on a few points. 1. “Although you have written extensively about fear of one’s OWN death, I couldn’t find anything about the ever-looming fear of others’ death. You see, I read in a web forum a statement that shocked me. It said: ‘The most painful part of the death of loved …

How does one live life without the fear of death or injury?

We all have to die someday, if we live long enough (Dave Farber) Yes, we all have to die someday. This fact strikes fear in the hearts of many. But some fear is both natural and acceptable, for it is a mechanism designed by nature to protect us from taking unnecessary risks. But in some people, the fear rises to …

Fear’s purpose isn’t to defeat reason, but to assist it

One or more thieves tried to break into the house of one of our readers. They had already removed two windowpanes and were about to enter the house; however, when our reader, a young wife and mother, went to investigate the noise, they fled. This is the first attempted break-in she experienced. Understandably, the discovery of her own vulnerability shocked …