Victor Frankl is known for losing his entire family during the holocaust and his remarkable journey of survival in the concentration camps. He invented Logo-Therapy from these experiences rooted in the power of your attitude to determine your experiences in life. Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. This is not unlike the heroic stories from Nelson Mandela, Desumd Tutu and countless others. An attitude rooted in love vs. fear powerfully enables you to transform challenges into opportunities.
Love vs. Fear
Love is said to be the ultimate healer and the most powerful results generator. In its very nature, love is an expanding energy. It connects you with others, draws you closer and helps you see the big picture. Love causes muscles to relax, vitality to increase and blood pressure to decrease. When you are aligned with love, your life experiences are viewed from the filter of possibility, change, opportunity, trust and hope. Love leads to acceptance vs. resistance and enables you to move forward vs. feeling stuck in the past. Many great teachers have suggested that love is the opposite of fear. It is said that one person aligned with love and appreciation is more powerful than thousands who are in fear. Perhaps this is why Martin Luther King Jr., Victor Frankl, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Mother Teresa are our most revered icons of social justice and change. They exemplified the motto Lead with Your Heart.
Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself
It is your inner light that will outshine the darkness and conquer fear. When you enter a room there is no dark switch. There is only a light switch said in another way, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Responding to fear with fear only perpetuates resistance. Fear constricts your energy flow thereby causing muscle tension, fatigue, shallow breathing and sleeplessness. Fear often stems from feeling a sense of not being in control or feeling powerless. When you align with fear, your life experiences are viewed through the filter of worry, doubt, overwhelm, protection and narrow mindedness. Fear leads to pulling in the reigns of control through criticism and defensiveness propagating the very energy you may judge in others.
Lead with Your Heart
When you realize that there are really only two responses in any given moment, love vs. fear, you can’t help but realize there is an obvious choice to aspire towards. One offers freedom and the other bondage. If you want to transform challenges into opportunities we suggest choosing to lead with your heart.
Coaching and Counseling
Kim Ward Ph.D. and Hilary Stokes Ph.D., founders of Authenticity Associates Coaching and Counseling, have worked as a team for over 15 years. Their mission is to empower people to achieve their authentic potential. They specialize in bringing the synergistic power of mind, body and spirit to individuals and couples. They are passionate about combining the best of holistic and traditional approaches to realize whole body wellness. If you are looking for a holistic approach to improving your life please contact Hilary Stokes Ph.D. & Kimberly Ward Ph.D. at Authenticity Associates.