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While we aren't immune to our fears ...



"Ignorant" doesn't mean stupid – I mistakenly equated those words for a long

time – it means to ignore something. And when it comes to fears, we ignore

them at our perilFears do their dirtiest work in the dark and from a distance:

the less we're aware of them, the more we give them leverage over us. Like

Archimedes' lever that, if long enough, could move the whole earth, molehill

fears we push out of sight, out of mind, can have a mountainous effect on us.


                          - Dr. Ginny Whitelaw "FEARS LEADERS NEVER SPEAK OF"



As Thich Nhat Hanh has written in his powerful and practical strategic guide to overcoming our debilitating uncertainties and personal terrors -


Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others.
Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion.
Without fear, we are truly free - from FEAR

Most of us live in a constant state of fear—of our past, of illness and aging and death, and of losing the things we treasure most. But it doesn't have to be this way, promises Zen master and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
Drawing on a lifetime of mindfulness in action, Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to use the practice of living in the present to acknowledge and embrace our fears, recognize their origins, and render them powerless. The world-renowned Zen teacher guides us through practical exercises for transforming fear into clarity. The worries of the past and the anxiety of the future disappear as we discover the power of the present moment. Not only are we able to handle challenging emotions as they arise, but we can summon feelings of well-being and contentment, no matter what the unknown may bring.
Rooted in the moment, we have the capacity to restore balance and happiness and be present with what is beautiful and affirming inside us and around us, every day.




Of course a more vernacular descriptive interpretation of FEAR has recently been promoted by Sam Mendes - the Director of the very latest James Bond epic "SKYFALL" - during the scene where "M" is being interrogated by a Select Parliamentary Committee -


M: Today I've repeatedly heard how irrelevant my department has become. "Why do we need agents, the Double-0 section? Isn't it all antiquated?" Well, I suppose I see a different world than you do, and the truth is that what I see frightens me. I'm frightened because our enemies are no longer known to us. They do not exist on a map. They're not nations, they're individuals. And look around you. Who do you fear? Can you see a face, a uniform, a flag? No! Our world is not more transparent now, it's more opaque! It's in the shadows. That's where we must do battle. So before you declare us irrelevant, ask yourselves, how safe do you feel? Just one more thing to say, my late husband was a great lover of poetry, and... I suppose some of it sunk in, despite my best intentions. And here today, I remember this, I believe, from Tennyson:- 

"We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. One equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will. To strive, to seek, to find, AND NOT TO YIELD."

got rather than creating THE [SPACE] for OUR LIVES

                                                                  Frank Maschia Architect


OTHERS would say MY enemy • IS • MYSELF !!!






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Comment by Michael Grove on April 16, 2013 at 18:23

Osho Answers : "Why am I always running so fast? Is there something that I don’t want to see?"

"It is not only you; almost everybody is running as fast as he can from himself. And the problem is, you cannot run away from yourself. Wherever you go you will be yourself. The fear is of knowing oneself. It is the greatest fear in the world."

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Comment by Michael Grove on November 4, 2013 at 14:26

"Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills - against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man.

A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the new World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal.

'Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world' said Archimedes,

''These men moved the world, and so can we all."

Robert F. Kennedy

Comment by Michael Grove on September 23, 2014 at 21:44

They’re all around us, affecting our lives in unseen ways, causing worry, hesitation, confusion,

anxiety, avoidance. They bring us to our knees. Fears control us in ways we never realise,

unacknowledged and more powerful because of their unknown workings.

Leo Babauta

Comment by Michael Grove on January 10, 2016 at 8:37

LIFE's most simple, powerful & yet mostly unanswered questions: What do you want?
What do you love? What do you fear? Your hero's journey is a combination of these 3.


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