intimate with fear

“Do not fear” isn’t quite right.  It’s kind of like saying, do not breathe. “No fear” doesn’t work either. That’s just false bravado.  It’s more like, “Do not fear the fear.” 

How not to hold back?  Realize that there’s nothing wrong with you, nothing wrong with fear or being fearful.  Lean in, explore and pay attention.  Spend time with it.  Become intimate with fear.

Do what scares you.  Risk everything.  Leap.

Smile at fear.

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3 Responses to intimate with fear

  1. ki says:

    someone once told me that our bodies can only be in a state of fear, or even panic, for a limited amount of time. knowing that the physical experience of fear is momentary and will subside helped me to do exactly what you suggest… lean in, almost as if standing beside the crumbled, paralyzed part of me that succumbs for a moment. it is in this second of pure intimacy that i realize eternity, for my soul stands above and sees beyond. that’s what brings forth the smile.

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