Reading Archive (Fear)

I Will Not Die an Unlived Life

Dawna Markova

I will not die an unlived life I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loose...

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200K reads, 40 comments

When You Don't Choose Love You Choose Fear

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler

If we could literally reach into you and remove all your fears – every one of them – how different would your life be? Think about it. If nothing stopped you from following your dreams, yo...

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179K reads, 57 comments

Dropping That Drug

Anthony de Mello

If we really dropped illusions for what others can give us or deprive us of, we would become alert. The consequence of not doing this is terrifying and inescapable -- we lose our capacity to love. If ...

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72K reads, 29 comments

Fearlessness can Coexist with Fear

Gil Fronsdal

In meditation and in mindfulness practice, we are learning to replace fear with trust, not as an ideal or abstraction, but as a sense of self-confidence that arises from coming to know fear well. Many...

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51K reads, 18 comments

Learning to Stay

Pema Chodron

In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that...

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28K reads, 3 comments

To Know Without Needing To Understand


Usually, we search for understanding because we believe that it will lead to true experience. We try to understand every experience that is brought...

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22K reads, 8 comments

Learning to 'Presence'

Peter Senge

When any of us acts in a state of fear or anxiety, our actions are likely to revert to what is most habitual: our most instinctual behaviors dominate, ultimately reducing us to our “fight &ndash...

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22K reads, 6 comments

The Spirit of Karma Yoga

Baba Hari Dass

What is Karma Yoga? Karma Yoga is a selfless act. Any work which does not directly fulfill your ego is Karma Yoga. If someone's tire is punctured and you stop to help, that is spiritual work. If you ...

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20K reads, 8 comments

A Heart Of Warmth Is Not Something Impossible

Tenzin Palmo

What does love mean? In the West, we mistake the meaning of love; we bandy the word around all the time, from “I love ice-cream” to “I love God”. But we mistake love for desire...

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19K reads, 11 comments

Recognizing the Real Fear

Erich Fromm

In the sphere of human relations, faith is an indispensable quality of any significant friendship or love. “Having faith” in another person means to be certain of the reliability and uncha...

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19K reads, 10 comments

Finding the Deepest Joy in Relationships

Ezra Bayda

One very helpful tool in both clarifying and working with our relationship difficulties is to return to the three questions: Am I truly happy right now? What blocks happiness? Can I surrender to what...

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19K reads, 12 comments

Love is the Source of Fearlessness

Margaret Wheatley

Some of the prison bars that we have constructed for ourselves are our fear of losing our jobs. Our fear of not being liked. Our need for approval. Our desire to make important changes but not have to...

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16K reads, 11 comments

The Endurance to Observe

Paul Fleischman

There is little I have heard from others -- and it is my daily business to listen -- that I have not seen in myself as I sit. But I also know the necessity of work, training and restraint. Dependence,...

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11K reads, 5 comments

No Mistake is Fatal

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Our minds are pretty chaotic systems, which is why following the middle way is so difficult. It's so easy for a chaotic system to get knocked out of equilibrium, to veer off to the left, to veer off t...

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8K reads, 4 comments