Don’t be afraid to feel afraid.
Leave the safety of your sanctuary
and wander into something rare.
Instead of pulling away
turn around and face it. Because whatever happens
you won’t die. (You might cry or laugh, but you won’t die.)
Pay attention to what is going on inside you and
into the depths of your fear.
Even when it feels like you are drowning
keep the agreement with yourself
to go deeper. Keep breathing.
The other side of fear is love.
Redirect your attention and change the pressure within yourself.
Don’t doubt, get discouraged, and stop the loving.
Feel into the feeling in your heart.
Really breathe fully
and continue to let it circulate and swell.
Allow a simple love of life to emerge.
Take time with it. Go further.
Expand the currents of your breath inside you and around you.
Discover more flow.
It may well be that you need to work through a lot of tensions.
And that’s all right. But the purpose is not just to work
but to move beyond them.
Your breath is the vehicle that moves you through.
that your love is what’s really alive.
Learn to achieve deep focus — all it takes is the right breathing lesson.
(Excerpt from: Breathing into Life)
(Photo: Painting – Art Basel Miami)
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