Monday, November 17, 2008

Lots going on

There are a lot of things going on in my mind about. As I was trying to create this blog, I had about 3 different blog titles/subjects, and then deleted them, because a gut instinct told me it wasn't the time to discuss those topics just yet...it would feel very forced.

I want this to be an organic expression of myself.

I got a piece advice from one of my mentors the other day. She said, "Sometimes, you have to be fearless, and jump off that cliff, and trust that where you'll land will be the right place."

Wow. That's a whole lotta guts, and a whole lotta trust!

The bigger lesson is when we fear, it means we fear losing something that we are attached to. In Buddhism, you'd question why that attachment exists, and seek to understand the attachment and ultimately lose it. In Taoism, it would be more about understanding fear by understanding it's opposite, which I suppose is courage. And of course, we understand courage by understanding fear. In other words, does fear = the absence of courage, and courage = the absence of fear? Having fear and courage would not be things to necessarily seek out and eliminate, but moreso to understand their relationship to each other.

I'm getting sleepy so I'll stop here from now.

2 comments:

Sensei Wolf said...

Courage is not the absence of Fear. Courage is the ability to do what needs to be done in spite of one's Fear. A more accurate opposite, in my humble opinion, would be nonchalance, or unconcern. I do understand what you are saying, though. I like the word choice of "organic expression" of yourself. It literally means, a natural, or basic expression, but implies that it has a life of its own, and is capable of Growth..... :)

Zentanu said...

Good Point! That relationship you identified with courage and fear is what it's all about. That's how we can really understand these concepts, is if we understand what their relationships are to other concepts...and what their relationships aren't! Good stuff!