On average, a person thinks about 60,000 thoughts a day (it’s hard to measure thoughts in terms of numbers, but this is a rough estimate). Take a second and think about that. That’s an insane number — around 2,500 thoughts per hour. Some of these are good thoughts, others are neutral, and some are “fear thoughts.”
We’ve all had fear thoughts. “What if my spouse is cheating on me? Is my boss upset with my job performance? What if I check my bank account, and I have way less money than I thought?”
The amount of fear thoughts we have each day is insane, and a lot of these fear thoughts are “false,” meaning that they are irrational. They trigger a stress response, and our body begins to change as a result.
When we are experiencing fear thoughts, whether they are true fears or false fears, what is the best way to deal with them while not letting the fear control us? This is especially relevant for us as we face COVID-19.
On this 5 Minute Friday episode, I wanted to share a clip from an interview with one of my good friends, Dr. Lissa Rankin, about how we can become friends with our fear.
Dr. Lissa Rankin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Daily Flame, Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling. She is a physician, a speaker, the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and a mystic.
In 2012, Lissa created the Whole Health Medicine Institute, where she and a team of luminary faculty train physicians and other health care providers about “Whole Health” and the “6 Steps to Healing Yourself.” Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 4 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen, 1440, Omega, and Kripalu.
Her latest project is non-profit work committed to eliminating the public health epidemic of loneliness while bringing Sacred Medicine out of its current status as a luxury good for privileged elites and bringing it to anyone who needs it and is open to it, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender identity.
I love the energy I get from Lissa. She is committed to helping people everywhere find physical and mental healing through holistic and natural methods. Fear thoughts affect all of us, and Lissa wants to help us navigate through those.
Join me on Episode 939 to learn how to conquer your fears with the wonderful Dr. Lissa Rankin.