Because, unfortunately, it has been the greatest motivator in my life. Not love, hope, greed, or joy. But fear.
My favorite quote about fear is from the classic science fiction book Dune, by Frank Herbert.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
– Paul Atreides, from Frank Herbert’s Dune
Hopefully none of us will face the same torturous life and death circumstance that made the main character Paul Atreides repeat that mantra to himself. But fear is a real obstacle to people living a fulfilling life.
In my meditation practice, I’ve learned to identify my most basic fears and try to develop strategies to overcome them. Still a work in progress!
For those who want to see the scene on YouTube from the 1980s cult classic movie Dune, here it is: