is a question: What are you afraid of, and why?
the seed of health is in illness, because illness
information, our fears are a treasure house
self-knowledge if we explore them.
don't usually like to explore our fears, do we?
After all, our fears are quite frightening, and they keep
us thinking about things that we aren't good at, things
that we do poorly, or things that turn us into nervous
wrecks. Our fears also control us in many ways, and
it can be intimidating to confront things in our lives
that do that, just as it can be extremely difficult to
confront an intimidating person or situation.
Marilyn makes a very good point when she compares our
fears to illnesses. Our sickness can have a lot to
teach us about how we're living our lives. They can
make us aware of having too much stress, too little
relaxation, too much conflict, too little exercise.
They can help us in our lives if only we take the time and
make the effort not just to pay attention to them, but
also to take action based on what we learn from them.
our fears can be one of the most positive parts of any
change that we desire to make in our lives. Our
fears can show us just where change will be the most
positive, just where we might search for a course or a
program that will teach us methods for dealing with
certain areas of discomfort. So the next time you
feel fear welling up in you and starting to control your
actions, pay attention to the questions, as Rilke
said. What are the questions that fear is pointing
out to you?
once you know what those questions are, only then can you
put yourself on the road to answering them, and hopefully
putting your fears to rest, where they belong and deserve
to be. After all, teaching can be difficult, and our
fears have tried for a long time to teach us what we need
and want to learn; we just haven't been paying