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Today’s Blessing: In the night, when I awoke with fear and worry, I greeted my old companions on this road. At times fear, I have thought you foe — together we would toss and turn, tangling ourselves in the bedsheets.

But not last night, instead I lay there peacefully and welcomed you. You are the mind’s way of trying to help. You are not my enemy. I have no real enemies.

I have a Universe that supports my well being, and it’s got my back. I am a daughter of this Universe. I am changeable, adaptable, flexible. Therefore, I am one with all Life, as the Universe carries at its essence, fluidity. This is why Rilke once wrote: “just keep going, no feeling is final.” I keep going, I do what is before me to do with a grateful heart.

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Blessings Day 301: ah, fear, master teacher that you are, visiting at all times of the day and without seeming invitation. You even invade my dreams.

Are you afraid fear that I won’t see you, I won’t accept you, I will abandon you, or perhaps you think I will stuff you with another glass of wine, a cheese danish perhaps, at the very least, a change in the subject. Do you need to have a soft place to be with me, do you need me to be with you awhile, acknowledge you tenderly, let you trickle down the crook of my arm, not getting stuck here or there, freely flowing and letting the current carry you?

I’m here to let you know that I care about you fear, you were friend and teacher when I cried foe. I will kneel beside you like my own child, sweep you into my arms and kiss all your fears. I won’t tell you they’re wrong, I’ll tell you they have their place. Fear, and your friend courage, I ask that he be with me while I let myself be with you, Fear. Maybe, really for the first time in my life.

“come here, fear
I am alive and you are so afraid
of dying.”  ~Joy Harjo

And in your fear you cling tighter.  I will give you that soft space to be, neither denying you nor swept away in you.  You, who have left no earthly visitor untouched.  You only asked one thing: to be welcomed with an unshielded tenderness, the way we do with our children.

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