I listened to a lovely talk today on Insight Timer from Elizabeth Gilbert. It was about fear. And the daily practice she has around that. She suggests to write yourself a letter, from Love. Perhaps starting it with words like, "I'm right here." or "I love you.".
Or write the words that you long to hear or the words that you want to hear from others when you are in a place of fear. I LOVE this idea. I feel like it could be used in so many other instances, whenever you just need someone to be your most compassionate and loving friend. So i sat down this morning and wrote my first letter from love. Here it is.
Hi sweetie. I see you have some sadness arising in you. Your hope is depleting. Misery is at your heals. It is o.k. It really really is. It is o.k. to feel afraid of misery. I mean, who wants to feel that? No one! I see you are worried. Worried about all the unknowns. Worried about the possible future challenges. It is o.k. It is o.k. to feel that. It IS scary. There will be loss. A little? A lot? No one knows. What you are feeling is a normal response to the removal of ground from under your feet. If you are not ready to fly, that is o.k. too. I totally see why you are afraid. I get it. I am right here. Come sit beside me for a while. Just sit. Not process, not meditate, not think, not "enjoy the view", not work through this, not feel, not find gratitude, not plan.... just sit. And that is it. Just sit beside me for a little while. Just sit.
Well, thank you Elizabeth for sharing this lovely tool. And thank you Insight Timer for having such a broad range of speakers, teachers, topics and styles. And of course, thank you to my Inner Wise Self for nudging me again, to share.
P.S. She didn't have to shout this time. ;)
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