Monday, 23 March 2009

Love and Fear Cannot Occupy the Same Space

In last night's final of Dancing on Ice, the Reality TV show where celebrities are paired off with professional ice skaters and then compete to be ice dance champions, the three finalists had to fly and skate. One finalist, Jessica Taylor, said she found flying challenging because of her fear of heights. However, during her performance, she was gliding in the air like a butterfly. After her performance, Jessica said she was loving flying so much that she forgot about her fear of heights.

I believe Jessica is making such an important point. When you're busy loving something, there's no room for fear. Once while I was in a bookshop, a customer found a mouse and picked it up. It was the cutest thing I'd ever seen and I couldn't resist stroking it. One assistant was cringing at me stroking the mouse. It occurred to me that I was too busy loving the mouse to feel anything else. In fact, I feel the same way about insects. When I'm busy admiring it, the last thing I feel is revulsion.

I remember reading about this woman who had been bitten by a coral snake. Instead of feeling fear about the poison, she admired the colours of the snake instead. She believed the love had kept her alive.

When I'm busy loving someone, something and myself, there is no room for criticism and judgment.

Love casts out fear.


Related articles: Where Do You Live?; Love Melts Grievances and Grudges; Why the Inner Critic is Now My Greatest Ally; No Judgment; Love Always; The Wonder of Creepy-Crawlies; Masters of Time; Smile; No Fear in Love