In a recent post and comments the discussion was about courage. Of course, many of us talked about how our fears can hold us back from taking risks or being courageous. What is your default inclination when you notice fear arising within? Do you immediately stop, turn away, relinquish, give up?
Fear is actually a necessary signal from our senses that we are entering new or even dangerous territory. However, it is not necessarily wanting you to stop. Rather the fear is a signal that we need to pay close attention to our next move. We may be emotionally, spiritually or physically at risk. It may very well be that we should stop. However, it may be that all we need to do is to pay attention, assess the risks involved, and proceed with caution, remaining alert to what our senses tell us.
If we stop every time we experience fear, we will miss out on many new experiences and threshold opportunities. Take time to notice what your default inclination is when you notice fear arising. Is that what you want it to be? Is there another way to be or proceed?