Saying No to Fear


I used to coordinate the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program at Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, in Carbondale, IL.  Dr. Marsha Linehan, who developed DBT, brought together Western and Eastern ideas in a unique way, to help people who have issues with self-sabotage, self-harm and suicidality.  A core principle taught in DBT is the importance of mindfulness and breath in managing your emotional reactions.   Here is an article that talks about the same techniques, and how they can be used in controlling fear.

Lying in my tent, I gaze up at a blue-black blanket of sky pierced by a billion silver, effervescent stars. The final fingers of smoke from the dying fire drift through the campsite, and the essence of crispy marshmallow and molten chocolate lingers on my lips as I drift off to sleep. I begin to dream of the Alaskan sunrise–the mist gently rising from the moss as the sun, introduced by the red, pink, and orange light of morning, creeps from behind the towering mountains. My slumber is perfect, peaceful, warm…until the tent crashes down upon me under the weight of a 900-pound grizzly bear. I try to scramble away from the angry, razor-sharp claws, but I’m enveloped in my tent. I’m trapped, with no way out… (click here to read entire article)

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Categories : Stress and Anxiety

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