Fear is a hardwired instinct. Fear can be useful, like an alarm awakening you to act wisely. And fear can be limiting, like a harness holding you back from growth. Fear can also be a powerful motivator, an energetic adrenaline surge inspiring you to take a leap of faith. In this never-ending journey of becoming who you are, both fear and courage have a purpose.
In mindful presence,
It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.
She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.
And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter
there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.
But there is no other way.
The river cannot go back.
Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.
The river needs to take the risk
of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean.
Lori Furbush teaches Qigong, Yin Yoga, & Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She weaves MINDFULNESS & RELAXATION into every moment.