"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.''
This quote reminds me that fear is not something to escape from or to push away; the more we look at it, understand it, and continue to work through what scares us, the more we grow. Things that once scared us will no longer have that grip on us. Fear is a by-product of being human, it is a survival mechanism. When we are out of our comfort zone fears will arise, the goal is not to eradicate fear but to befriend our fears and see what power they hold over us - the more we face our fears the more they will loose their grip on us and the more we will be empowered. If we let our fears win all the time, they stop us from living and trying new things. The more we do things that scare us and overcome those fears the bigger our lives and experiences get. It takes courage to be comfortable with being uncomfortable! The quality of life it brings on is priceless.
Here I am at Mount Sagamook working with my fear of heights, it is definitely still there but I continue to test myself to make my comfort zone bigger.
Photo Credit: Ben Phillips