Pema Chödrön describes a liberating way to relate to our fears: not as something to try to get rid of or cast out, but as something we became very intimate with. In so doing, she explains, we come to find that the journey of knowing fear is in fact the journey of courage. From this wisdom, we learn to embrace the fullness of our experience in life.
This short talk on fear (we might call it anxiety too) made me think of an audio CD a friend bought me for my birthday this year. Unconditional Confidence: Instructions for Meeting Any Experience with Trust and Courage.
More exploration of fear and anxiety on Beyond Meds: Fear and anxiety: coping, reframing, transforming…
It was so wonderful and spoke to a very deep part of myself. Pema is good at doing that for me again and again.
More of Pema Chodron on this blog here.