"The idea of loving-kindness being an antidote to fear reminds me of how sometimes I can feel myself going back and forth between the fear of going into a new group to do a presentation and a warmness of heart that comes from wanting to make an offering of who I am as a Buddhist practitioner in the most honest and helpful way I can. For a long time, I have thought that one of the most important parts of giving a talk, at least for me, is saying, 'Good morning.' I actually practice saying this, but what I am really practicing is making an offering of goodwill by trying to open myself to a place beyond self-consciousness and judgment; so, if nothing else, at least I can offer this heartfelt wish. Saying, 'good morning,' helps me connect within myself to a place of warm regard."
Phelan JP. Practicing with Fear. Mindfulness - published online 06 September 2012. - I found this entire (3 page) paper to be exceptionally wise & useful - highly recommended
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