To Defeat Fear
“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear.
She didn’t want to do that.
It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly.
But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle.
The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other.The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons.
The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked,”May I have permission to go into battle with you?”
Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.”
Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?”
Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face.
Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say.
If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me.
You can even be convinced by me.
But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.”In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. ”
― Pema Chödrön
Being beautifully human means living life with a range of emotions; we have the ability to acknowledge and respect those emotions we do not prefer such as fear, anger, sadness or any other negative emotion and then we have the option, the ability, the choice to move past those emotions into bliss, joy, contentment, value and worthiness. Appreciate those things you do not want because without them, you would not be able to discern what you do want. What we focus upon adds power to whatever you are observing. You have the ability to embolden your fears or embolden your desires, your power is in your focus.