17 Jul Being Well Podcast: Fear and Fearlessness with Gaylon Ferguson
Professor Ferguson is a member of the faculty at Naropa University in Bolder, Colorado. He is a graduate of Exeter and Yale, and holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Stanford. He’s also a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and has been a teacher in residence at the San Francisco Zen Center and Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.
He is also the author of two books: Natural Bravery: Fear and Fearlessness as a Direct Path of Awakening, and Natural Wakefulness: Discovering the Wisdom We Were Born With.
Some of the topics we cover include:
- Why bravery is our natural state.
- What we can do to manage different kinds of fear.
- How we can cultivate an inner stance of “welcoming.”
- How we can overcome fear “in the moment.”
00:58: When did you begin to explore fear and fearlessness?
03:25: Why do you think that courage is our basic nature?
05:57: How can someone experience innate courage?
10:30: The “fear of ourselves.”
12:55: What are some of the best practices that people can use to address a feeling of emptiness?
17:04: Becoming more comfortable with groundlessness.
22:59: Handling acute, in the moment experiences of fear.
29:03: Outside of self-awareness, are there certain tactics you have found that help move people into a stance of welcoming?
32:07: If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
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