When fear makes your choices for you, no security measures on earth will keep the things you dread from finding you. But if you can avoid avoidance – if you can choose to embrace experiences out of passion, enthusiasm, and a readiness to feel whatever arises – then nothing, nothing in all this dangerous world, can keep you from being safe.
– Martha Beck
The unknown and the unfamiliar are scary. In our humanness, we like to avoid these as well as anything else that scares us. And yet, beyond what we most fear or seek to avoid are the very experiences that we long to have. Embracing what is in front of you now – whether fear, exhaustion, the unknown, the unfamiliar – is the beginning step in no longer allowing your power – to be, to choose and to love life – to be held hostage by your fears or your thoughts.
I once heard a poet say that when something that you wish to avoid or has scared you or hurt you in the past shows up again, invite it in for tea; for it will not remain with you for very long. Embracing what shows up frees you, while simultaneously allowing the door to be opened for the offending thought, feeling or situation to leave or end.
Be here now.
Wherever you are, notice your thoughts.
What are you feeling?
Embrace rather avoid.
Just for today…embrace all that life is for you right now.
Then tomorrow, open your heart and embrace it again. Let this become a habit so that it becomes your practice.
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
– Albert Einstein
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