Photo Credit: Davood Madadpoor

Rumi, a 13th century poet, was quoted by Tara Brach at the end of her guided meditation:

Why do you stay in prison

when the door is so wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.

My reflection: I lived in the prison of fear for many years. Fourteen years with my son’s addiction, but there were other years where I feared my parent’s wrath, my family’s disintegration, and the loss of my own health to cancer.

Today’s Promise to consider: Sometimes fear can be healthy because it signals oncoming danger, but it often can be crippling and suffocating. Addiction feeds on this dread. “What if my child dies?” “What if my child is sleeping on the streets in the freezing weather?” Fear is normal, but it amplifies itself and grows bigger and bigger. Today, I’ll face my fears, call them by name, and cultivate constructive ways of dealing with them.

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Robert Knight
Robert Knight
6 years ago

Hi Libby,
Apropos to this sentiment there was a very moving piece by Frank Bruni in the NYT about losing your eyesight (which he is) . In it he quoted Joseph Lovett a filmmaker who was going blind and wrote a book about it “Going Blind”. He told Frank that his best counsel was”you cannot spend your life preparing for future losses.” Which seems a profound thought.

Keep up the struggle–all of you.


6 years ago

Thank you for this reading, it is so empowering!!