Many of us spend our lives consumed by fears: fears that we are not good enough to make it, fears that we will lose our jobs, or fears that we will not have enough money to pay all our bills. In this retreat on four CDs, Tibetan Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron, assisted by Carolyn Rose Gimian, takes a hard look at some of the myths and the misunderstandings surrounding this pesky emotion.
The best way to overcome fear is by taking an up-close and personal look at what scares us and how we are affected by the fright. Following in the path of her spiritual teacher Chogyam Trungpa, Chodron challenges us to develop fearlessness. Instead of running away from problems, the spiritual warrior befriends them and works with them. See Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery by Chogyam Trungpa.
For this retreat, Pema Chodron presents a three-step meditation on developing confidence called "Windhorse practice," offers mind training exercises for developing courage and compassion, and shares a meditation instruction on nurturing calmness and concentration.
Seeking safety is a senseless path since it only leads to isolation and avoidance of those things we must face. Better to be brave and believe in ourselves and our ability to overcome the fears that live inside the stories we tell ourselves. Given the fear that is so rampant in our society right now, this audio retreat is very needed.