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The Fear Project

5 Things A Thrill Seeker Knows About Overcoming Fear

Posted 07.22.2013 | OWN

By Emma Haak Remember the last time you were sweaty-palmed, short of breath, and about to be utterly overcome by panic? Maybe your life was in da...

Fear Is a Liar. Here's How to Make It Honest.

Maria Rodale | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Jaimal Yogis, award-winning journalist and surfer Paradise always has speed bumps. Not long after college, my girlfriend and I wen...

The Fear Project

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.10.2013 | Home
Peter Clothier

Jaimal Yogis is the kind of writer who is willing to plumb the depths of his own lived experience -- and his own heart -- for his material.

Young Author Performs Crazy Stunt To Promote His Book

Hannah Bricker | Posted 01.07.2013 | San Francisco

Jaimal Yogis is giving a brand new meaning to the phrase "arriving in style." Braving frigid temperatures, Yogis plans to swim 2.4 miles through t...

Faith For The Faithless

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Jaimal Yogis

A lot of people won't want to go near anything remotely religious, including meditation. But for those who want faith, and who have become cynical about faith seeming little more than political tool, don't let politicians and giant religious institutions steal from you what is rightfully yours.

Lessons From Lincoln: See the Big Picture

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 01.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Not one of us will know the pressure that Lincoln did, but the lesson of taking a bird's eye view on our lives is priceless for overcoming fear and anxiety -- no matter how small the issue is.

Never Waste a Good Crisis

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Within two years, Rich Roll had become one of the fittest ultra athletes on the planet, gone vegan, and, in the process, was beginning to find out who he was and what he was capable of -- as an athlete, as man, as a father.

Hey Shame and Death, 'Go F@#% Yourself' -- An Interview With Dr. Arnie Kozak

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

A psychologist, author, mindfulness teacher and snowboarder, Dr. Kozak has been a great influence on my work, and I was honored to get a chance to interview him recently about fear, psychology and mindfulness.

Why I Don't Love Surfing, But Am Awfully Glad I Tried

MeiMei Fox | Posted 12.06.2012 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

People gushed when I said I was going to Costa Rica for three months in 2007 to write, do yoga, and learn how to surf -- especially about the surfing part. "Oh my God, you're going to love it! You're going to get addicted! Surfing is the most amazing sport ever!"

Fear Less, Love More: An Interview With MeiMei Fox

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

MeiMei Fox is one of those people who can work a 12-hour day, go home to meditate and do yoga, then party all night, and get up and do it again the next day. Her mantra is "fear less, love more," so naturally I had to interview her for The Fear Project.

Don't Let The Fear Of Failure Limit Your Genius

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

In the course of writing my upcoming book, The Fear Project, again and again I've been seeing people -- very capable, smart people -- not even attempting their great ideas for one reason: They're afraid of failing.

The Most Fearless Surfer

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Despite having to beg for survival, despite being constantly teased and taunted by men and women who say surfing is inappropriate for girls, despite living in a country where 2 million children suffer acute malnutrition, Nassima, at just 14, had managed to beat all the local boys in an annual surf contest.

Fear Of Pain: Do You Know Your Limit?

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Unlike our ancestors (who had to endure all sorts of grueling survival challenges), most of us don't know or understand our limits -- because we don't reach them. We're afraid of the pain. We're afraid of what we might find out about our character.

Why We Love a Good Scare (and Game of Thrones)

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 10.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

One of the best parts of the HBO series Game of Thrones is how well the writing captures fear's many facets.

Fear And The Art Of Lowered Expectations: Thoughts From Portugal

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Lowering expectations flies in the face of some of those positive-psychology studies on overcoming and managing fear. As we've seen, doing well in the face of something scary is often about thinking positive, visualizing positive outcomes, debunking our hard-wired negativity bias and, of course, training hard.

Alcohol Reduces Anxiety But Not Fear

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 09.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Being in Porto, home of that famous mix of brandy and fermented grapes, I thought I would do a short post on the effects of alcohol on fear.

Fear Lies! And Other Reasons Not To Listen To Your Inner 'Fear Factory'

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 08.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

If you're a naturally go-with-the-flow type person, or just shy, you may have, like me, interpreted an instinctual fear of rejection as a reason you shouldn't talk to that cute girl or approach Joe Cool. You've developed a habit that transforms fears into subtle lies and excuses.

The Science Of Worrying

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 08.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

When it comes to emotions, by all means talk about them. Be open, honest. But I think with these quicksand issues -- these dead horses we've been beating for years, whether with a partner or inside ourselves -- we're something like patients with OCD.

'Game of Thrones' and True Bravery

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Fear can be extremely negative. Fear keeps us from living our dreams, makes us scared of people who are different, creating war and racism. It lies to us about our potential. We want to be fearless, right?

Fear Won't Go Away... But We Can Change How We React

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

When we put down our usual story and feel connected to the big picture, the ocean, fear doesn't bother us. But it doesn't take long to get caught in the spiraling churn of self-obsession again, where every little fear feels paralyzing.