The Battle of Hope and Fear


A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post called Without Hope which confused a lot of people, I hope this clears it up.

“Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment.” Pema Chodron

And to simplify: “Hope and fear are both phantoms that arise from thinking of the self. When we don’t see the self as self, what do we have to fear?” Lao Tzu

18 thoughts on “The Battle of Hope and Fear

  1. I truly understand what you are saying here. We are complete in the moment yet our belief of lack or observation that someone may have more cause the fear of lack. To the contrary, each new moment is complete having just what is needed for that moment. Rejoice!


  2. First of all, the photo is stunning! Second, I guess, it depends on how one defines hope. Maybe? I don’t see it as robbing myself of the present. Conversely, it enhances it. A matter of perspective, as you said initially.


    1. Thank you. Some are more fearful than others Chandra and plan to enjoy life sometime in a future that never comes. It seems that the people that commented are either deliriously happy and content or don’t really understand this. Perspective, yes.

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