Living without fear

This talk was given at the Kreta Ayer People’s Theater in Singapore in November 2002.

Fear and worry

  • The disturbing emotions of fear and worry and how to deal with them
  • Stories we create that fuel panic and have no basis in reality
  • Staying in the present as an antidote to worry
  • Examine the likelihood of worst-case scenarios

Fear and Worry 01 (download)

Antidotes to fear and worry

  • Compassion short-circuits the stories and gives perspective
  • Consider long-term worldview
  • Kindness as a stress-buster

Fear and Worry 02 (download)

Applying the antidotes and questions and answers

  • Contemplating the main points of countering fear
  • Handling small instances, and then working your way up to greater and greater ability
  • Controlling anger
  • Helping children of dying parents
  • Observing the mind
  • Fear of making wrong decisions
  • Chanting to relieve worry
  • Animal testing
  • What happens after we die

Fear and Worry 03 (download)

Questions and answers continued

  • Developing a broader perspective
  • Compassion for those who lack it
  • Respect for those of other religions
  • Living in the present and making plans for the future
  • Use of anti-anxiety drugs

Fear and Worry 04 (download)

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