How to Lean Into Your Fear

The disciples are full of fear in this week’s Gospel. Panicked at the thought of being left alone without their leader, unable to find their way… Jesus comforts them:  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”  But often the closer we get to the truth the more fearful we become–how can we live into our fear?  Here is an excerpt from When Things Fall Apart by the Buddhist writer Pema Chödrön, whose books have mentored me in my own spiritual journey…and perhaps yours?

 “Fear is a universal experience. Even the smallest insect feels it. We wade in the tidal pools and put our finger near the soft, open bodies of sea anemones and they close up. Everything spontaneously does that. 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.”

 Ever in Christ,

Mother Candace+


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