There are two things that are so frightening that they can be called the scariest things in the world. I think we all know what one of these is dying, which gives rise to all sorts of related fears, like the fear of change.
The other scary thing is living.
How often do we limit and resist the gifts life is giving us? How often do we shrink from recognizing, accepting, and celebrating the unique gifts each of us has to give to the world?
I’m here in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA for The Presence of the Heart Retreat with Susanna and Puran Bair, and one of the things we’re been discussing is the full breath — a key part of Heart Rhythm Meditation — and how we have the opportunity to work on both the fear of dying and the fear of living in each full breath.
Breathing out all the way allows you to confront the fear of death, because when you really empty your lungs, you get close to death, just for an instant. There is an emotional difficulty here, because it raises all sorts of fear.
But the great reward of breathing out all the way is that you can then breathe in all the way, experiencing a surge of energy and vitality. And then you come to the very top of the inhalation, with the sense of being totally filled with breath, the very essence of life. And that sense of fullness allows you to confront the fear of living, so that you can take in more and more of life’s bountiful gifts.
What do you think? Is the fear of death (or the fear of life) real to you? Share comments here.
Yours in the One Heart,
P.S. There is still room in 101: Introduction to Heart Rhythm Meditation, our 8-week online course which starts on March 12, but if you still need to register, I suggest you do so soon, as the course will probably fill up. (There is also some space in 102 and 103, for those who have met the pre-requisites)