Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Intimacy with fear
"Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth"
- Pema Chodron
I am reading Pema Chodron's books "When Things Fall Apart" and "The Places that Scare you." The following excerpts are resonating with me today:
"Embarking on the spiritual journey is like getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands. With wholehearted practice comes inspiration, but sooner or later we will also encounter fear. For all we know, when we get to the horizon, we are going to drop off the edge of the world. Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what's waiting out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it....."
"... Fear is a universal experience...it's not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share. We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold on to. Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth."
"If we commit ourselves to staying right where we are, then our experience becomes very vivid. Things become very clear when there is nowhere to escape."
May I be brave and stay with my vulnerabilities and fear.