No Fear

Great cycle of freeze and thaw
Cracks stone and brings down mountains
A contented mind has no fear

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2 responses to “No Fear

  1. Do you think contentment is a strong enough thing to combat fear or can it be the other way around? I am thinking of my children as I read this. Having kids opened the door to fear ~ for them~ and the more content I’ve been with my happy or healthy family, the more a fearsome thing looming seems a threat. And I think now that this is the case for me in many ways. I suppose it is the practice of being alright with whatever happens in the moment no matter but contentment is such a pleasure, such an engaged state that I do better with fear when I don’t have that. Perhaps there is less to lose. I’m basically a chickenshit though and your post is provoking and excellent.

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    • I’ve always found santosa/contentment to be a difficult teaching to fully work through. And even harder to teach. Practicing a contented mind might lead to fearlessness, a fake it til you make it approach. Being the methodical, reductionist that I am, though, I want to get at the seed. That seed, I think, is the ego’s fear of oblivion. Not physical death, because the ego might be fine with physically going down in a blaze of glory – statues built, children named for, etc. The ego wants ego-immortality, in other words. The ego fears utter loneliness, nothing reflected back to show it ever was. This is what fear/craving is for, to build and defend the edifice of the ego-someone. The ego-being can never be content. It never has enough, it is never safe enough. To be free of this is to be fearless. The mind can then be content with reality as it is, rather than stressfully trying to force some preferred reality. I think that the contented mind is freed for the deepest compassion, the truest love, the greatest caring. Ego-fear colors these states. The contented mind is open to everything as it is, and therefore nothing stands between the contented mind and its love. None of this is to say that the contented mind does not suffer in compassion with the suffering of others. But it does so fearlessly.

      Thank you, Hilary, for helping me work on this.

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