Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fear - You Choked Me - But I Gave You the Leash

It's the long, deep winter here. No usual January thaw; just endless winter; cold joints; limited mobility. The long winter does interesting things with the mind and to the body. As we wear, as our toughness and hardiness begin to erode, with February still ahead of us, we pull out the St. John's Wort, the Vitamin D, the happy light boxes as remedies to help get us through just a little longer. We wait for the sun to return.

Poetry and music are more remedies. Music helps carry me through. Poetry helps me keep that shovel in my hands (still moving that mountain). So once more I have a gift for you: a clip of poet/musician Joy Harjo (Muskogee Nation) with a teaching poem of "How to Get Rid of Fear". And who couldn't do with getting rid of more of their fear right now - here - today. After hearing her (and I hope you can take the time to hear her through), I hope the remedy of her words helps your load be just a bit lighter. It's a radical, revolutionary act: getting rid of fear - taking off the leash. Time for me to kick fear to the curb - it's already taken too much of my life, kicking me to the curb instead.

I invite you to come join the revolution.

How to Get Rid of Fear


Sandi said...

Wow. As I wiped the tears from my eyes, the fear in me said, "Don't listen to her. She doesn't know what she is talking about." But I wonder...maybe I could at least lengthen the leash.

el poquito said...

She knows.

And I'm sure she still has fearful moments. We all do. Goes with the being mortal thing, eh?

But this poem - is truth being spoken through her.

Dealing with my own Winter Michigan Disorder (WMD of a SLIGHTLY different kind), my self-prescription is listening to this poem 2-3 times a day - until symptoms subside, or fear is kicked to the curb, whichever comes first.


tarzan said...

Wow.....How much more powerful could a message be! As I listened I marveled at her bravery in being able to even express the words..... I may have said those things before, but never out loud..(for fear it is bigger than I) "listen to my heart, my heart, my heart". To verbalize your fight, I've never heard it done better. Just Wow Ed, thank you for sharing that.....

Claudia Makowski said...

Wow, what an emotional journey "Fear" can play in our lives. I throughly enjoyed her poem and her wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

Astun Pink said...

A powerful meditation. So much of life is like that - you choked me, but I gave you the leash. I pray to have the courage to take back the leash. Thanks so much for sharing this.