Welcome Fear into Your Life.
Fear does not have defined boundaries. It comes and goes as it pleases, leaving traces of itself everywhere it ventures.
Fear has this incredible ability to grab a person by the ankle and drag them out of bed at 2:30 in the morning. It can yank them into unknown territory in spite of the protests from its prey.
Fear can seem like the ultimate captor. It can have this power to make the body and mind succumb to its every whim and demand.
Fear can stand over a person like a hooded thief in the middle of the night, demanding the very peace within the body, mind and soul. Surely, a high price to pay.
Fear will not take No for an answer. It forces a soul to face it no matter how much resistance is put up.
And yet I have also found that fear is a terrific teacher when we acknowledge it. It is an amazing storyteller and a brilliant liar.
Oftentimes, fear is given more power than it deserves, and better yet, it can serve as one of our greatest liberators in life.
Yes, fear can be demanding, but I have found that when I hear its inevitable knock on the door, I can either run and hide or I can take a page from Rumi’s Guest House and invite it in. I can let it show me what it needs to show me, and offer it to join me for a warm cup of coffee as I listen between sips. I can allow the words to sit on my lips as I taste the warm dark beverage in my hands.
Let fear tell its dramatic tales of woe and strife. Let it show all the ways that I will not succeed at something. Listen to that heavy voice when it starts with the What-Ifs and the Shoulds, and hear the determination to keep ego protected. And in that, love fear more.
See, fear doesn’t have to be given so much power in our lives. We can make friends with it, and we can welcome it with open arms and an open heart. We can question the stories, and we can thank it for trying to protect us from the big, scary unknown.
And when it leaves (which it always will), we can go back to living in freedom and faith, in what is true for us. We can be thankful that fear paid us the visit, and even more thankful we took risks in spite of the fabricated tales around why it wasn’t safe to do so.
We can choose to welcome fear into our lives and our homes as a temporary visitor, or we can continue to run from it and refuse to look at it until it pulls us out of the sweetest of slumbers in the middle of the night to tell us what it needs to say.
I can tell you that one of those options will not cost you your peace, and you’ll only be left with greater freedom. But the choice is always yours to make.
Will you truly free yourself, or will you continue to prove just how free you are by placing these chains around yourself?
Natalie Sophia is a self-proclaimed writer, healer, yogini. Her mission in life is to heal and be healed. She loves to laugh, to feel and to write. She began her journey of awakening a few years ago, and though there are times she longs to go ‘back to sleep’, she knows she has work to do. Her work and her passion are one and the same, and she hopes to inspire others on their life path to attend to their deepest longings as a soul in a human body. Natalie feels that life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured. She knows that pain can be inevitable, but there is always choice in the story created from that pain. Feel free to check out more from Natalie on her website and Facebook.