We all have fears and worries: fear of failure, fear of rejection and embarrassment, worries about disease, getting old, not being safe, suffering, fear of death and the list goes on.
The fact is, with all these types of fear, it’s always about what you think may happen in the future and not about what is happening now. You are here in the present moment and your mind is wandering in the future, making statements and forecasts, creating scenarios and predictions. That is what is causing the fear. Your fear is just a projection of the mind.
The problem is that you identify with your mind and your thoughts (you think you are your thoughts), while you are actually not your mind and thoughts (you are the one observing your thoughts). And because thoughts are inherently unstable, you feel fear when you identify with them.
The more you think about the future, the more you give power to those thoughts and they start to control you. The trouble is that you can not compete with that mental projection into the future, because it’s not real, it’s imaginary and it’s always ahead. Your mind can’t distinguish real from imaginary and that causes you to feel anxious.
The only thing you can really compete with, and the only thing that is real is now, here, the present moment. And the more you live in the present moment, the more powerful and robust that present will be.