Fear, Suffering & Healing

How do you react to what frightens you? Do you allow fear to paralyze you, or instead do you use it as a rocket to propel you? “A WOUNDED deer leaps highest.” Emily Dickinson

Rumi said, “Find you wound and you can find your purpose. The wound is where the light enters.”

The person that falls and gets up, is stronger than the person that never experienced falling.

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

“He who indulges in empty fears earns himself real fears.” – Seneca

"The mind knows the answer, but the heart does not want to ask. We know the drink is poison, yet we still take a drink. The strength inside us pushes back, saying no, do not harm. The weakness inside says we deserve suffering, we are not good enough. We were falsely taught early in life that if we felt pain, we experienced life. Suffering was tolerated until it became familiar, like walking in a pair of well-worn shoes with a stone in them, each step was painful, but for some reason we felt compelled to keep walking, even when it hurt. We walked long enough and our suffering began to actually feel normal.

The word guru means remover of darkness. Learn to listen to your inner voice, the guru within you. Trust this light of intuition to examine our situations carefully. Stop walking with a stone in your shoe, stop accepting suffering as a normal part of life. Non-attachment is the path towards liberation from suffering, but the heart struggles to let go. Attachment is all the heart has ever known. The Buddha taught that learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning. Retrain the heart and teach it freedom; suffering need not be tolerated any more. Life should not something to be tolerated in fear and pain, life should be lived as a miraculous, adventurous journey, filled with light, love and laughter.

" - David Scott

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” – Paulo Coelho

“We forge the chains we wear in life.” - Charles Dickens

“Yoga teaches us never to become a victim, but instead to use our experiences as a tool to gain valuable wisdom, which once aquired can never be taken from us. When we take on the role of the victim, we become a beggar. We crave sympathy, pity and acceptance from others, instead of finding our fulfillment within ourselves. When you walk on crutches long enough, the legs become weak and unusable. No one has the power to make you happy or unhappy except yourself. Walk on, even if it sometimes hurts.” – David Scott

"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath." ~Eckhart Tolle

"The less I fight my fear, the less it fights back." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." – Socrates

“We fear most in life, not what we can see in the light of day, but what is unseen, hidden from view, lurking in the dark shadows of our existence” – David Scott

"We fear what we want the most"

"Fear of death is actually worse than dying."

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."

“Bravery is being the only person knowing how afraid you are.”

“Emotional pain cannot kill you, but running from it can. Allow. Embrace. Let yourself feel. Let yourself heal.” ~Vironika Tugaleva

"We can either make ourselves miserable, or we can make ourselves full of joy, the work is the same."

“All healing begins first in the heart.”

“Scars are like tattoos, but with better stories.”

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss

“A scar is proof that healing has occurred.”

"Don't be afraid of the dark, for that is when the light within you shines the brightest." David Scott

“Don’t allow fear to drag you down into the sticky mud of doubt, instead follow you dreams and allow your heart to soar freely into the stars of infinity.” David Scott

"If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer, if you focus on the lesson, your will continue to grow."

"The voice in our head tells us it's too late, that we might not be good enough, that we might fail if we try. It wants to protect us from disappointment and keep us from getting our hopes up. But we don't feel passionate or alive when we play it safe."

"If you are suffering, it's not that anyone is making you suffer; it's because you obey the tyrant that's ruling your head." The Fifth Agreement

" When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending." ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

We don't always cry because we are weak, sometimes we cry because we have been strong, brave and courageous for way too long ...

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

"We buy things we don't need, with money we don't have, to please someone we don't even really like."

"The wound is the place light enters you." Rumi

"Dying is absolutely safe" Ram Das

“The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Buddha said: "man suffers because of his craving to possess and keep forever things which are impermanent.”

"Sometimes when you find yourself in a dark place, you feel as if you have been buried, but often times you have been planted."

What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Robert H. Schuller

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

Suffering is not holding you, you are holding suffering. - Buddha

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional."

"Worrying does not take away tomorrows troubles, but does take away today's peace."

"You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to YOU." — Josh Shipp

"Numbing the pain for a while will only make it worse when you finally feel it."

--Albus Dumbledore, "Harry Potter" character

A bird in a cage is safe but God didn’t create birds for that.

I am strong because i have been weak. I am fearless because i have been afraid. I am wise because i have been foolish

"Don't try to be strong, simply refuse being weak."

"Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." --Joshua J. Marines

The sweetest melons are grown in the desert, where they have the greatest extreme swings in temperature. In finding balance between extremes we produce the sweetest fruit.

“Life is the art of living with uncertainty, without being paralyzed by fear.” - Dr. W. Dillon