How can I have more courage?

Just a reminder of something Osho has shared with us. I heard him say that courage is not the absence of fear. It is HAVING the fear, and still doing whatever it is anyway!
And here’s an amazing understanding: Without fear, the word “courage” cannot exist. Without fear, there is nothing to be courageous about! It doesn’t take courage to do all the mundane things that we do daily in our lives. That’s because there is no fear in doing them! It’s only when we start feeling the fear that courage is needed.
So we can use Pema Chödrön’s advice to go to the places that scare us. Have the courage, and you may find what I’ve found: once there, it isn’t nearly as scarey as the mind has convinced me it is! And I learn SO MUCH from going there!
I wish you a life where courage becomes more and more available for you, to balance the fear that the mind creates!
Just start with the smallest fears first so that they don’t overwhelm you. They may sometimes be experienced as resistance to something. When that is felt, STOP. Close your eyes if that feels comfortable. Experience the breath and gently slow it down. And when possible, say yes to what is being resisted.
Bon voyage!


Do We Need Wake-Up Calls in Order to Change?

I enjoy the phrase “wake-up call.” It seems that the greatest of insights rarely get implemented until something happens in my life that brings the immediate insistence that something be done. This unforeseen happening I call a wake-up call goes straight through the resistance to change and, for a moment at least, a new understanding, and even a change of direction is available! So wake-up calls are a reminder to remember! Otherwise even the resistance fades, inertia takes over, and nothing changes.
Another way to say this is that sometimes “a good scare is worth more than good advice!” (Edward W. Howe)
But here’s the rub: even a good wake-up call can be subverted by the mind, as it insists on ignoring it and forgetting it! The key for me is to implement as many insights AS SOON AS THEY OCCUR so I can bring them experientially into my life. This knack of implementing can eliminate many of the wake-up calls, since the call is no longer needed! And that can save a lot of grief, given the possible severity and extremeness of some wake-up calls!!