Reflections on Courage

Swami Sivananda recommended that courage is a good quality to meditate on during the month of March. For me, this has turned out to be difficult to implement.

First of all, there is the task of examining fears regarding the state of the world, regarding the experience of pain, regarding the aging process, regarding traveling loved ones, and so on. However, when fear becomes chronic, I also know that anxiety and other disorders are not far behind. And so it comes down to recognizing the power of choice.

Embracing choice means choosing to acknowledge fear, no doubt, but also transforming the contraction of fear into an expanded awareness where courage can thrive. Now, the month almost over, another storm is expected. Wind rises. Grey clouds stretch out in long lines with hints of light penetrating, and the friend to courage becomes hope.

Gudrun

2 Comments

  1. Cathy said:

    Many thanks for this post. Fighting my feelings of fear and anxiety wasn’t successful and I’ve been wondering about a different response. Can I accept and feel these things without being overwhelmed? I often remember you talking about expansiveness. Your writing about choice and courage may help me create expansiveness. I tend to forget about courage. I am grateful that I believe my difficult days will be productive. If I can make room for the uncomfortable feelings, I can easily see the benefits that accompany them. Strength, tenacity, moments of equanimity. I love the reminder of light breaking through. It is there all along, isn’t it? I’m relishing our spring, wet, and still insistent, unstoppable. Who knows what will emerge? New incarnations of old forms. My heartfelt wishes for safety and happiness, to you, your loved ones, and all.

    April 9, 2017
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    • Cathy said:

      Dear Krishnaprema,
      I keep re-reading your post. Thank you for reminding me of hope!

      April 9, 2017
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