Not being afraid

As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche summarizes: “Ultimately, that is the definition of bravery: not being afraid of yourself.” Believing the seemingly non-stop, discursive commentary that courses through our heads simply interferes with letting ourselves be the brave beings we actually are. Such hyper-vigilance stems from fear, of course: “If I don’t check myself constantly, won’t I make a mistake?”

Letting go of incessantly measuring and comparing ourselves to others leads to spontaneous acts of courage and compassion. It’s like learning a dance step well enough that we no longer need to keep looking down at our feet.

Gaylon Ferguson, Natural Bravery

Past, present and future

The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
will find no rest.

Be kind to yourself, dear – to your innocent follies.

Forget any sounds or any touch you knew that did not help you to dance.

You will come to see that all evolves us.

Rumi, found in Daniel Ladinsky, Love Poems From God