Thank you for this insight. For me fear is a patterned thought response due to conditioning and trauma. When I am ill and in pain I regress to a fearful state. It is difficult then to trust and to be compassionate with myself. I like the prospect of “cultivating more courageous trust” and can feel the peace from that. I understand how this practice could help me to be compassionate toward others who may also be experiencing pain and fear.
This meditation brings home to me that violence isn’t just “out there” it’s in my judgements and critcisms of myself and others as well. Every increment of shifting toward awareness and compassion harbors that much more peace within myself, those around me, and so within the world. The felt sense of this is a gift I wish for all sentient beings. Thank you!
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