John Daido Loori Roshi
Our fear has us on the run. Sometimes it’s some old story, something that happened to us that we won’t let go of. It becomes our life story – an excuse for being struck.
We become afraid of changing or people but we don’t admit we are afraid – not even to ourselves. Instead we are timid or angry or stubborn.
It might be a good time to turn around and face fear, but first we have to stop blaming everything and everyone else, we have to stop hiding in our heads. Instead we can really admit we are afraid and become a warrior and practitioner of the Way.
Then we can turn around and face our fear before it sinks its teeth completely into our scurrying butt.
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