Counseling to work through fear, and to develop greater resiliency in the face of life’s challenges.
“When we are afraid, we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but to strengthen ourselves to go on in spite of the danger.” – Mark Rutherford
Courage is multifaceted. It’s about feeling fear and not letting it stop you from taking action and moving forward. It’s about looking at yourself honestly, removing your blind spots and knowing your faults and then coming to know that you’re so much more than that. It’s about following your heart and acting from your truth, getting familiar with your own inner wisdom and trusting it. It’s about standing up for what you believe and value and it’s about approaching the unavoidable suffering that is a part of life – with love, integrity, discernment, and perhaps faith.
Courage and resilience go hand in hand, but resilience tends to be less easily understood.
What do you think of when you hear the word resilience? Most often people tell me they think of strength.
I think of trees. Specifically, the way trees are designed to move with the wind.
It’s a combination of their rootedness – deep grounding that anchors them into the earth and their flexibility, their ability to move, that enable trees to withstand a storm. If they were to brace against the wind, the branches would snap and break. This is what happens to the weak and diseased trees that no longer have the ability to move. Resistance makes us fragile. It is a combination of groundedness and flexibility to move with life’s storms that make us resilient. The “how” of that, differs for each person.