Befriend your fear

A teaching with Jack Kornfield and Catherine Ingram.

This video is in keeping with my practice of being with all that arises within. Fear here can be translated to “anxiety,” which is the clinical term for fear which everyone at one time or another experiences with or without a diagnosis of some sort of anxiety “disorder.” Psychiatry pathologizes much of the normal human experience and fear and/or anxiety often referred to in Buddhism as such. Normal. There are techniques to learn how to be with these normal feelings, whether they’re very intense or not.

Catherine refers quite explicitly about those of us with traumatic histories that might include abuse etc. This way of being with ourselves can help heal most anyone.

The video footage is awful — the soundtrack isn’t in synch with the speakers. I suggest listening without watching. That allowed me to be with the message more effectively.


For a great article on embracing all that arises within your psyche revisit Jayme’s healing practice that she entitled, How I deal with mental breakdowns”,  one of my all time favorite posts on this blog.

More exploration of fear and anxiety on Beyond Meds: Fear and anxiety: coping, reframing, transforming…

Other posts that feature Jack Kornfield’s work on Beyond Meds:

●  A meditation: Invite all parts of yourself to join you…

●  Loving-kindness (metta) meditation 

●  if you can always find contentment…

●  The Heart of Forgiveness  

Books by Jack Kornfield:

a new one, I’ve not read but it sounds great:

●  A Lamp in the Darkness: Illuminating the Path Through Difficult Times 

A guided meditation is a separate CD:
Other books I’ve read and enjoyed by Jack Kornfield are here:

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