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dumb ideas + good solutions

Crawling under a rock is very appealing to me right now.

Yesterday, I had a clear thought; a “bolt of lightning” idea: Ignoring difficult emotions/situations is totally underrated. 

But,

“The way of cowardice is to embed ourselves in a cocoon, in which we perpetuate our habitual patterns. When we are constantly recreating our basic patterns of behavior and thought, we never have to leap into fresh air or onto fresh ground.” – Chogyam Trungpa

And,

then there are solutions: Do my practice.

“In order to experience fearlessness, it is necessary to experience fear.  The essence of cowardice is not acknowledging the reality of fear.  Fear can take many forms.  Logically, we know we can’t live forever.  We know that we are going to die, so we are afraid.  We are petrified of our death.  On another level, we are afraid that we can’t handle the demands of the world.  This fear expresses itself as a feeling of inadequacy.  We feel that our own lives are overwhelming, and confronting the rest of the world is more overwhelming.

Fear has to be acknowledged.  We have to realize our fear and reconcile ourselves with fear.  We should look at how we move, how we talk, how we conduct ourselves, how we chew our nails, how we sometimes put our hands in our pockets uselessly.  Then we will find something out about how fear is expressed in the form of restlessness.  We must face the fact that fear is lurking in our lives, always, in everything we do.

On the other hand, acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement.  Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness.  True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, but going beyond fear.  Unfortunately, in the English language, we don’t have one word that means that.  Fearlessness is the closest term, but by fearless we don’t mean ‘less fear,’ but ‘beyond fear.’ “- Chogyam Trungpa

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