Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body - Tara Brach - Deepstash

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Today is spring, yet I can't see it.



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Fear Has A Place

Fear Has A Place

Fear is a natural and universal emotion that arises when we perceive a threat to our survival or well-being.

Fear activates the fight/flight/freeze response, which prepares us to deal with the danger, but also contracts our body and mind, and disconnects us from others.


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When fear is chronic or excessive, it becomes a fear body, a habitual pattern of reactivity that limits our freedom and happiness.



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The Neurobiological Basis Of Fear

The Neurobiological Basis Of Fear

Fear is a complex emotion that involves both physiological and psychological responses to perceived threats or dangers. The neurobiological basis of fear is not fully understood, but some of the brain regions and pathways that are involved in fear processing have been identified.

Key areas of the brain involved in fear include:

  • Amygdala
  • Prefrontal Cortex
  • Thalamus

There are also other structures and neurotransmitters that contribute to the neurobiology of fear.


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"To attend and befriend the fear body, we need to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, and recognize and release the stories and beliefs that fuel it."



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Attend And Befriending

Attend And Befriending

Attend and befriend is a path of mindfulness and compassion that Tara Brach teaches that helps us to heal the fear body.


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How To Attend And Befriend The Fear Body

How To Attend And Befriend The Fear Body

To attend and befriend the fear body, we need to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, and recognize and release the stories and beliefs that fuel it.

Connect gently with and note the sensations in the body; the breath, thoughts, feelings and anything else that may arise like pains, tightness or tension.

Note: If anything arises that causes you concern or issues, please always consult a healthcare professional and any other support networks that assist you.


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A Path To Connection

A Path To Connection

By attending and befriending the fear body, we can reconnect with our true nature, which is presence, love, and life, and we can also take refuge in others who support us in this process.


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Yogi ~ Buddhist ~ Garden ~ Digital Geek ~ Mum


The fear body is an emerging area of research which seeks to better understand the key neurobiological sources of distance from the present moment. Tara Brach is a leading teacher in this area and brings this topic to life with Buddhist dharma.

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