A friend recently told me, "Embrace fear & fill it with with love." It came well timed as I've been observing fear a lot lately while down here in Pavones.
First, in yoga. Observing that I held fear in my practice - of falling flat on my face when attempting certain arm balances, inversions or floating forward. Then recognizing that it's that same fear that will prevent me from progressing. Now part of my practice is to learn how to fall so that I can embrace that fear.
Then, in my relationship. Fearing what may arise in a month together in such an isolated and slow-paced place. Quickly I realized it was a senseless fear, because there's no preventing what may come up, there's only managing how it's dealt with.
Lastly, in those around me. Fearing failure. Fearing to ask for what one wants or to stick up for oneself. Fearing to upset someone at the expense of their own happiness. Fearing to dig deep and come face-to-face with their shit.
Funnily enough - and as scatterbrained as this may seem - this whole post and meditation on fear came about because I took the above photos in a tank top made by my friends of The Brave and I wanted to plug them (haha).
Why plug them and why talk about fear?: 1. They're two amazing and dedicated individuals who make responsible and cool clothing. 2. Their tagline is "Go forth & be brave." which is what inspired this spiel.
Go forth & be brave. Embrace fear & fill it with love.
Meet your fears head on, deal with your shit and come out a better version of yourself - either while wearing clothes by The Brave or not.