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 understanding of 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 more simple, authentic way, transforming our relationship with this emotion from that of a draining battle into one more 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.
For years, I dangled my ski tips over the edge of cliffs. Kristen got me to actually jump. Whether on snow, in your career, or just life itself, no one owns fear better than Ulmer.
Learning how to have an intimate relationship with fear is one of the best things you can do, and Kristen is masterful at teaching you how to do that.
Everything you ever wanted to know about fear. Ulmer takes a radical approach to an age-old problem and delivers smart, exciting and extremely fresh ideas.
Read this book if you want to know the reason behind many of your struggles. It explains, simply, everything.
The Art of Fear is an authentic, original, and deeply helpful guide for turning fear to your advantage. Drawing on a lifetime’s experience as a top-ranked extreme skier, Zen practitioner and sports coach, Kristen Ulmer offers us a manual for living with freedom and joy in the midst of all the competing voices that arise to derail us on the journey. This is a book that comes directly from a courageous heart, and should inspire you to live with the same radical courage!
What to do about fear eluded me until I met Kristen. I now use her advice daily, especially when my life is intense and busy, to take the pit out of my stomach, do a better job at work and get much needed sleep. You are going to love this book.
I've worked with Kristen through her ski camps for several years. One thing I can guarantee is that whether you're a professional athlete, running a business or looking to live a more authentic life, Kristen will show you the path to championship performance.
People have been avoiding or medicating away Fear and Anxiety for too long, and we need a more integrative approach. Finally, someone who is clear about this enormous and important subject, with great practical advice that is simply spot on. This book will turn the fear and anxiety world on their heads.
Beautifully blending practical, personal, and philosophical insights, Kristen Ulmer has expanded my mind and changed my life. Read “The Art of Fear” and you’ll always be scared again -- but only in the best possible way.
Who better than Kristen Ulmer to introduce us to our constant companion, Fear, and turn him from an enemy to a friend? But this book is about so much more as well - how to embrace every moment of life with open arms. Memorable!