Yes, you do indeed. I find it helpful to reformat how we see courage playing out in our life. There is so much said about courage and it most always seems to have the word fearless mixed up in it. Well, I would like to give you the gift of clearing that myth and framing courage a bit differently. Allow me, I you will…
Being Scared and Having Courage
I recently experienced a serious head injury and am in the initial stages of healing. As you can image, there is a lot of unknowns with traumatic brain injuries, head trauma, concussions, etc. I was thrown into the pool of fear and if I haven’t been a swimmer in the pool of life for my entire existence then the fear might have kept me from being courageous and walking through this process with trust, mindfulness, and wisdom.
What I wish to introduce to you is the concept of being scared and having courage. Being courageous doesn’t mean you can’t feel fear, or any other emotion for that matter. I want to empower you to the point that no matter what you are feeling you can also be courageous, strong, invincible, and able to walk through whatever life might present to you.
Dedicate Time to the Practice
I invite you to find an honoring ritual that naturally aligns with your life and how you vibrate in your world. Perhaps it is a mantra, maybe you also see yourself and can find some words that help you ground into truly seeing the true you, and the beauty that lies within.
I feel it is so important for us to dedicate time to this practice because our world is filled with comparative markers that are not healthy at all. It is best to limit that flooding of data in your world and it is wise to incorporate some radically kind practices towards yourself.
Here are a few you can play with until you find what feels the most authentic to you.
A Courageous Practice
I am scared but I am not weak.
I feel fear but I am not a coward.
I have waves of anxiety but I am not helpless, hopeless, or spineless.
If anything I would like to shift this narrative so much that it flips on it’s axis.
Instead of the old way of thinking, such as:
Never let them see you sweat.
Don’t be scared.
Don’t be nervous.
Try these on for size:
When I am scared I am being courageous.
It takes courage to feel fear.
I am brave for being able to feel anxiety.
I am a powerful being who is able to feel all of the waves on the spectrum of human emotion.
I have a super power of being able to feel an uncomfortable emotion.
You see how it is actually the opposite of what society has taught us all along? Let’s empower the world with permission to be a super hero, who is courageous because we can feel. And stop the old tapes telling us not to feel or what to change to be courageous. What if there wasn’t anything to change at all? Ah, sit with that for a while and see what comes up for you.
As always, please share your questions, feedback, and personal experience with me. I am here.
Massive love and blessings of good health to you.
Dove’s boutique studio, Dove’s Bodies, has been an LA institution for more than 35 years. With a background combining decades’ worth of studies in fitness, dance, pilates, martial arts, primal movement, yoga, pranayama, organic nutrition, energy healing, mindful living, intuitive clearing and meditation, Dove is sought out for her unique, intuitive wholistic total-body approach. Dove’s life passion is to guide her clients on their own unique path to wellness, wholeness, and the full integration of mind, body and spirit.
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