Sunday, September 05, 2010
Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth...So the next time you encounter fear, consider yourself lucky. This is where courage comes in. Usually we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is that they are intimate with fear. When I was first married, my husband said I was one of the bravest people he knew. When I asked him why, he said because I was a complete coward but went ahead and did things anyhow.

Book excerpt by Pema Chodron, as published in the May issue of the online magazine, Fear.Less.

I'm not entirely prone to Eastern thinking, but who can deny the appeal of this Buddhist take on the challenges of life? I'm always looking to calm down, to settle, to rest. This article was like a philosophical safety blanket - and a welcome realization that my inner chaos is not unique, nor should I allow it to rule my decisions and actions.