The young warrior and fear

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed aggressive, it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave the instructions for the battle.

The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times and asked, “May I have the permission to go into battle with you?”. Fear said “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission”. Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?”. Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t what what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.

In that way the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.

From the book — “When things fall apart” by Pema Chödrön
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