Leaning into Life
Did you know that researchers say that of the estimated sixty-six
thousand thoughts you have each day about two-thirds of them are
based on fear? Fear definitely has its place. If there’s actual
danger, fear guides you to either fight or take flight.
But the kind of fear that is problematic is that which causes you
to believe stories you tell yourself about danger that’s not
really there. The kind of fear that can paralyze you is that which
tells you to be afraid of what you don’t know or can’t
control. And that’s a lot.
The opposite of fear is trust: trust in yourself, a higher power,
the people around you, and in those truths that define you. This
trust is not something you get from the outside; it resides within
you. In fact, it is this trust that is ingrained into the very essence
of your being. This trust gives you the courage to face life head
on and explore its challenges, in all of their uncertainty.
Imagine that you are preparing to ski down from the top of a snow-covered
mountain. You feel nervous—a little scared even. You’ve
never skied this mountain before. Looking down at the steep twists
and turns, you take a deep breath and let go. As gravity pulls you
forward, you know you have a choice to make. Lean back, and you’ll
lose control and fall over, creating the very thing you are afraid
of. But lean forward into your path, into your fear, and chances
are great that you will land on your feet.
You cannot move the mountain anymore than you can argue the uncertainty
of life. But you can lean into the moment, into your life, trusting
that the wisdom within you will lead the way.
Until next time…