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Honoring Life Changes: Wisdom and Fear

Honoring Life Changes: Wisdom and Fear

Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careers—all of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up—your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes—is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.

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9:28AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

The best thing about fear is that often when we face it, it goes away. The worst thing is that sometimes it doesn't and what we were afraid of is actually there, full face, exactly WHAT we were afraid of.

9:58AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

beautiful picture, thanks Megan for the article.

9:58AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

beautiful picture, thanks Megan for the article.

9:33AM PDT on Jul 2, 2012

Very true and very often we fear fear instead of using it clarify our purpose

12:22PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

thank you very much.

Wish it would also be true with me and all the comming changes and these who have been and still foreign to me :(

10:21AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

So very true. Thanks Megan.

5:44AM PDT on Jun 7, 2011

Thanks for the article.

5:09PM PST on Nov 13, 2010

Thanks for the info.

1:48PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

thanks.

4:12AM PDT on Mar 19, 2010

nice picture

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