Fearlessness Last Wednesday

Posted by JoAnn Baker Paul on Mar 29, 2013
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Two days ago, I was on my way to Casa de Paz, en route to carpool for the Awakin gathering in Santa Clara.  Just as I neared the house, on 36th and Foothilll, I found myself right in front of a shooting.  Three teens, all dressed in black, got down from an SUV and opened fire.  Lots of shots were fired, but fortunately, no one was hurt on this day.  As I saw all this unfold right in front of my eyes, for the first time in life, I was certainly shaken up.  If one of those bullets came my way, I wouldn't be here.  Yet, I am here and I felt it to be a sign that I need to be here.  In the carpool ride, as I was debriefing with Pancho, he shared a lot of profound insights from many of his own experiences.  One thing he said was, "Many people's fearlessness awakens fear in others, but when that  fearlessness comes from a space of inner stillness, it awakens love in others.  That's why we meditate two hours a day." 

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Comments (4)

  • Kanchan Gokhale wrote ...

    thanks for your story!

  • Pavi Mehta wrote ...

    JoAnn so glad you were not harmed. Thank you (and Pancho) for the powerful reflections.

  • Suzanne Toro wrote ...

    Thank you for being there and sharing this with all of us. We never know how far the ripples might travel and they have already reached LA. Deep Bow!

  • Lavanya Marla wrote ...

    What a powerful story. Thank you!