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So tonight I had a long dream (about setting up my own company), an early waking and dropping in and out of slumber, and when I finally woke up it was with the inspiration to do a meditation on fear.
I settled myself down in meditation posture, half closed my eyes and focused on the concept of fear, seeing what insight might come. After about five minutes what came was that “fear was a protector”. The thoughts that followed were about protecting ourselves from physical arm, and the thought to not take things so easy. Several minutes later the thought came that “fear was avoidance”, that it altered the patterns of our thoughts and behaviour away from a true seeing and being, that it was one of the Three Poisons.
The last thing that came was a thought about “what is the source of his vanity?” Which I thought was an interesting hint for me.
Have you ever thought deeply about the nature of fear and how it shapes us?