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For Christians in general, God would be both the source of the wisdom that leads to understanding and of the perfect love that casts out fear. All good things point back to their source. – And for those who share my temperament, a dash of memento mori also helps rebuke fear.
What came to mind is aging. I am now of Medicare age (!) and know that aging will bring a whole new set of challenges and opportunities. I sometimes can’t believe I am the age of my grandparents, and I remember thinking of them as so old! I think I will face the fears of aging with a good sense of humor, rather than worry about all the things that could happen to me!
My beginnings of understanding the boundaries between healthy cultural borrowing vs. economic exploitation, cultural misrepresentation, resource exploitation, and sacrilege are calling me to understand more so that I can practice my spirituality and borrow from different traditions without doing so in harmful ways. While I admit there is some fear that I may have to change certain aspects of my practice, I think it is better to give up certain practices for the sake of not hurting people from other cultures than to continue certain practices just because I like them.
It sounds lame but yeah everything. I think the more a person is willing to understand about everything around them and also in them the more growth there is. I’ve definitely noticed when I’m fearful I don’t want to understand, I go into situations thinking, I know what this is and I’m closed to hearing out what is actually happening … so my experiences seem that, it’s better to even if the fear is there, to push myself to understand, to open even just a bit and at least look and when you do, often in my experience, you realize what you thought was there, isn’t actually, it’s something different and much less harmful than your mind initially told you.
I was feeling particularly lonely a while back and fear came knocking. My Guru unexpectedly invited me to undertake a personal inquiry – his question, “Have you fully explored the full depth and dimension of this life?” I started by looking at this life and the seemingly aloneness of it. I decided to step out of self and look from the perspective of my local street, so I became the street. Hmm I thought, what if I became the neighborhood and looked from that perspective? Perhaps even from the perspective of the City, or State or country? Hmmm, what if I looked from the perspective of the planet? But why stop there? How about from the solar system… or maybe even the Milky Way? Hmmm, what about from the whole darn super cluster? All in… the whole of creation? Then the question that followed was, “Where is the Buddha, or Christ, or Allah, or Shiva or whatever name you choose?” Ha!
My work! I stressed and stressed for months before leading a virtual event yesterday. It went great. The stress was also useful, leading me to learn new ways to reduce stress.
Understand letting of of everything
My relationship with my partner. We went through a rough patch for a couple months…but it seems now that has passed and I’m learning to trust.
Attempting to get more into community. To express.
My mantra as of the last year or so….
Faith over Fear.
Some days I have trouble remembering it. I often need gentle reminders. I am not in control. All is Well. Blessings to All here. 🙏
“Faith over Fear” – thanks, pkr. “Faith and fear do not go together,” the guru said, but I like your shorter version 🥰
Crazy travel in my life keeps me from this community too often, and so when I popped in today this is such a pertinent question in regards to my family and the world community in general.
Whether it is my son, niece, nephew’s life or the new culture of no consequences for actions in general, my thought is – I am called not to fear the changes or to judge, but to listen for understanding and to continue to shine the goodness, love and “Ultimate Reality” of life.
I started a new job. (Yay!) It’s day 3 and I’m already placed on the team handling the biggest account. Some old stress-induced fears came back. But nowadays, I’m much wiser and more calm. I’m leaning into those disempowering thoughts, understanding where they came from. Acknowledging them and moving on anyway. It feels good to have that level of control and understanding of my thoughts, and knowing how to effectively handle these situations.
Congrats on your new job Nelson:)
That’s exciting, Nelson – leaning into fears; understanding; biggest account! I’m impressed 😃
Strengthen my confidence in Life.
Letting go of the silly attempt to think I can control something.
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