So yoga asks that we be in love enough with ourselves, our lives and each other, to hold our fear up with radical acceptance and deep compassion. That we be willing to befriend it, to own it, to look at it, and to understand it without hesitation, excuse or aversion. For, if you truly know and understand the story of your fear, then, beyond the details, you know and understand the story of my fear. And you also know the fears of the other 7 billion angels you walk with on this earth and deeply understand an intrinsic part, an innate piece of humanity. Pretty amazing to look at the world a little more raw and naked and know what is swirling in the background of so many choices, thoughts, words and actions.
What is the story of your fear? What do you fear? Why? How do you fear? What has your fear shown you? What would it look like and feel like to take the demon and the bigness out of the fear? To simply accept it as it is, a raw piece of the human condition. How would it feel to embrace these fears with love and to move right into the heart of the fear with the intention of deeper understanding of your self and all of humanity? What might you find on the other side of this understanding?
Maybe then we can tap the power of empathy, compassion and great connection...
by Rebecca Folsom
I have fear in my heart fluttering round
like small birds banging against my rib cage.
There is a possibility in letting fear stay.
It is always being swept out of the house.
If you let it stay,
it might settle down, even sing its song for you.
What touching songs fear can sing,
telling stories of glories risen and fallen,
chances made or missed,
love's meetings and its losses.
In the vulnerable targeting and sidestepping of life's 10,000 joys and sorrows,
how cautious we can become.
Open your heart.
Allow all the coming and going,
and in the allowing,
fear will take wing and alight,
stretching on the great winds of silence.