What is the opposite of fear???
While reading a friends post on Google + it was suggested that it is hope. My experience of the opposite of fear is love or faith, which has some similarities to hope but is slightly different.
For me, hope implies we may have a desired outcome in mind (faith is simple trust in all). I have learned that whenever I have hope or attachment to an outcome, I can be setting myself up for disappointment. For this reason, and for many other benefits, I practice non-attachment to outcome. I still can get caught up in mental dramas, what Deepak Chopra calls the monkey mind, but the practice of non-attachment encourages me to do my best working towards a goal and has the added element of acknowledging a higher ‘knower’.
It has happened so many times that a perceived ‘loss’ has in fact been a blessing in disguise and opportunity for personal growth.
I now have an understanding/belief that all that comes my way is here for a reason, an opportunity for me to look closer at some aspect of my life, to sit quietly, breathe and allow the deep feelings, often buried, to surface… my job is to simply be with them (sit quietly with my fears), acknowledge and honor their presence. Non-attachment to outcome allows me to have a gracious acceptance for all that comes, trusting that a higher guidance knows better than myself what is best for me at this moment in time.
So nice to have this place for exploration, I find that writing about these things works to strengthen my practice 🙂