A revolutionary guide to acknowledging fear and developing the tools we need to build a healthy relationship with this confusing emotion—and use it as a positive force in our lives.
We all feel fear. Yet we are often taught to ignore it, overcome it, push past it. But to what benefit? This is the essential question that guides Kristen Ulmer’s remarkable exploration of our most misunderstood emotion in The Art of Fear.
Once recognized as the best extreme skier in the world (an honor she held for twelve years), Ulmer knows fear well. In this conversation-changing book, she argues that fear is not here to cause us problems—and that in fact, the only true issue we face with fear is our misguided reaction to it (not the fear itself).
Rebuilding our experience with fear from the ground up, Ulmer starts by exploring why we’ve come to view it as a negative. From here, she unpacks fear and shows it to be just one of 10,000 voices that make up our reality, here to help us come alive alongside joy, love, and gratitude. Introducing a mindfulness tool called “Shift,” Ulmer teaches readers how to experience fear in a simpler, more authentic way, transforming our relationship with this emotion from that of a draining battle into one that’s in line with our true nature.
Influenced by Ulmer’s own complicated relationship with fear and her over 15 years as a mindset facilitator, The Art of Fear will reconstruct the way we react to and experience fear—empowering us to easily and permanently address the underlying cause of our fear-based problems, and setting us on course to live a happier, more expansive future.
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About the Author
Kristen Ulmer is a facilitator who draws from her tenure as the best woman extreme skier in the world for twelve years and from thousands of hours facilitating clients on the subject of fear. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, Outside magazine, and many other publications. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Table of Contents
Introduction Everything You Know About Fear Is Wrong ix
Part I Clarity
Chapter 1 Fear And The Human Experience 3
Chapter 2 Getting To Know Fear 17
Chapter 3 Run, But You Can't Get Away 45
Part II Dropping the Stick
Chapter 4 Your Cage 109
Chapter 5 Teacups 127
Part III Shift: The Game of 10,000 Wisdoms
Chapter 6 Picking Up The New Stick 141
Chapter 7 Listening To The Voices 161
Chapter 8 The Voice Of Fear 177
Part IV Honoring Fear
Chapter 9 Kissing The Dragon 197
Chapter 10 The Ultimate Motivator 235
Chapter 11 Lights And Shadows 259
Chapter 12 Going All The Way 271
Afterword One Last Conversation With Fear 293
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has definitely helped me see fear in a way that I hadn't before. Kristen’s approach to embracing your fear is not only different, but sends a powerful message. It has helped strengthen my relationship with fear and problem-solving of every day challenges.