Pema Chodron On Defeating Fear

In a story shared by Pema Chodron, a young warrior was told that she had to do battle with fear. The young warrior didn’t want to do it, but the teacher insisted, and gave the warrior instructions. Later, the warrior confronted fear, a huge and wrathful being. The young warrior approached fear, prostrated herself, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” She then asked, “How can I defeat you?” Fear explained the methods it would take to defeat it, ending with, “if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.”

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