Fear has countless faces: from the fear of failure to worries about everyday life, from financial or environmental uncertainties to the universal despair we all experience when faced by the loss of a friend or loved one. Even when surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, life can feel incomplete when fear keeps us focused on the past and worried about the future. While we all experience fear, it is possible to learn how to avoid having our lives shaped and driven by it.
In these pages, Thich Nhat Hanh, a gifted teacher who was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King Jr., explores the origins of our fears, illuminating a path to finding peace and freedom from anxiety and offering powerful tools to help us eradicate it from our lives.
A timeless path for living fearlessly.
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About the Author
Sister Chan Khong is Thich Nhat Hanh’s most senior monastic disciple and lifelong collaborator. A leading force in his engaged Buddhism programs and humanitarian projects, her books include Learning True Love and Beginning Anew.
Sister True Dedication is a former journalist and monastic Dharma Teacher ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Fearlessness 1
A Time Before 7
Original Fear 15
Reconciling with Our Past 21
Releasing Fears About the Future: The Five Remembrances 29
No Coming, No Going 41
The Gift of Fearlessness 59
The Power of Mindfulness 71
Learning to Stop 79
Calm in the Storm 85
Transforming the Fear Around Us 91
Blue Sky Above the Clouds 101
Transforming Fear into Love: The Four Mantras 109
The Opposite of Fear 115
Practices for Transforming Fear 127
Releasing Fear from Body and Feelings: Eight Simple Mindfulness Exercises 127
Transforming the Roots of Fear in the Mind: Eight Breathing Exercises 139
Deep Relaxation for Transforming Fear and Stress 149
Metta Meditation: May We Be Free from Fear 152
What People are Saying About This
“Thich Nhat Hanh shows us that by looking deeply and embracing our whole experience with acceptance, love and understanding, we can go beyond fear and anxiety to find fearlessness and inner peace.”