We all have fears; however, our approach to fears is what matters. It is a state of mind. Buddha once said, “What we think, we become.” I would rephrase his words and say, “How we react is what we become.” Here comes the freedom of choice in the game. So why let fears disrupt your mind if you can accept and learn from them? They are our teachers, and they help us grow.
Dear Thich Nhat Hanh would say: “The only way to ease our fear and be truly happy is to acknowledge our fear and look deeply at its source. Instead of trying to escape from our fear, we can invite it up to our awareness and look at it clearly and deeply.”
And this does not refer to fears only but to all other negative emotions we encounter in this beautiful journey called life. Once we realize how fruitful that journey is, we become more prosperous inside than we thought possible. And this is where the true beauty lies— within us.
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