Friendly Fear


Fear is a natural and necessary part of staying alive. However, moments arise when you lose yourself in a trance of fear, and anxious thoughts and emotions take over and obscure the larger truths of life. You forget the love between you and your dear ones; you forget the beauty of the natural world; you forget your essential goodness and wholeness. You expect trouble and are unable to live in the present moment.

Here’s the good news: When you bring an unconditional presence to the trance of fear, you create the foundation for true spiritual awakening. In other words, as you learn to face your fears with courage and kindness, you discover the loving awareness that is your true nature. This awakening is the essence of all healing, and its fruition is the freedom to live and love fully. What all of us need is to feel that we are loved and understood (by our own selves). This is the essence of unconditional presence, the true refuge that can heal the trance of fear. As the Buddha taught, our fear is great, but greater yet is the truth of our essential connectedness (with ourselves in the present moment).
~ Friendly Fear, Yoga Journal

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