: a feeling that something bad is going to happen
Forebode (v.): “feel a secret premonition,” especially of something evil, c. 1600, Old English, from fore- “before in time” + bode “proclaim, announce, foretell.”
“Like anybody, I would like to have a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will.”
Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the America’s Civil Right’s movement; at the age of 36 Dr. King was the youngest man to received the Nobel Peace Prize.)
“If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying. Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got.”
Kurt Cobain (1967-1994, American grunge rock musician who was the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Nirvana)
“Do you know how sometimes - when you are riding your bike and you start skidding across sand, or when you miss a step and start tumbling down the stairs - you have those long, long seconds to know that you are going to be hurt, and badly?”
Jodi Picoult (New England Bookseller Award recipient, best known for novel, My Sister’s Keeper)
“The worst moments in life are heralded by small observations.”
Andy Weir (b. 1972, age 43, American novelist and software engineer known internationally for his debut novel, The Martian)
“The night stared me in the face, amorphous, blind, infinite, without frontiers. Not a single start relieved the darkness behind the glass.”
Stanislaw Lem (Polish writer of science fiction, philosophy, and satire; best known for his novel, Solaris)
“Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience. And if you cannot tolerate joy, what you do is you start dress rehearsing tragedy.”
Brené Brown (b. 1965, age 49, American scholar, author, public speaker, and current research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work)
“Confidence is what we get when we take fear, face it and replace it.”
Tim Fargo (American author, keynote speaker, angel investor, and entrepreneur)
When I was a lot younger, an old soul masquerading as a teenager (-) young adult, entering college and separated from my family for the first time, I could feel when something bad was about to happen. It was quite an eerie feeling. Shivers would surge up and down my body, my nervous system would become overloaded, and I would be over-sensitized. I’d get so frantic that I would have to call around to members of my family to make sure that everyone was okay.
There was usually something going on, but it wasn’t as dramatic as my foretelling. I had very little joy in my life at that time and melancholy was my constant companion, with fears of the past, present and future in tow.
With lots of deep drilling personal inner work I began outgrow my foreboding, and little-by-little I was able to elevate my thoughts and not empathize with other’s low-vibration fears, no matter how close in blood or far in proximity.
Foreboding comes when one is thrown from one’s center and is forced to flounder around aimlessly with perceived fantasies of the future.
It’s challenging, of course, to stay aligned and balanced, especially when there are challenges and uncertainty. But, as my wise father always said, “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.”
Using clear and focused intention and attention and doing those things that brings one joy is the antidote to foreboding. One doesn’t have time for anything else except to be in the moment, and to be a divine observer and co-creator of the unfolding of one’s life.
The future will always come and there may be times when one can anticipate those events. But, if one is in a good mental space of joy and happiness, then one will act wisely and not react with hyper-emotion around those circumstances.
Continue to be the fearless spiritual warriors we all were born to be, my friends!
As Always With Love, Tonya