More on warriorship

I have a special interest in the word Warrior, since it’s tattooed on my left arm.  I found these two quotes recently that resonated, reminding me that as a warrior, I don’t do battle or perpetrate violence.  I don’t run towards confrontation or see my shadowy stuff as the enemy.  Instead,  I cultivate fearlessness and do my best to see the bigger picture – the cause of healing, the mission of Love.  Warriors in this more esoteric sense avoid the fight, like any good martial artist worth his salt.  Nothing to prove, no real enemies to defeat, only the daily work of facing discomfort with acceptance and humbleness.

“Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you.” 
~Philip Berk
“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, ‘May I have permission to go into battle with you?’ 
Fear said, ‘Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.’   
Then the young warrior said, ‘How can I defeat you?’  
Fear replied, ‘My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me.  You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.’
In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.”
~Pema Chödrön 

How do you feel about the word Warrior?  What does it evoke in you?

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