Stalk Your Fear
a lesson shared by my teacher Ana Forrest in her book
An article in the Huffington Post is a good read from Ana:
"I was walking in the mountains in California and came around a cliff edge and around a tree and then, boom, I came right up on a cougar! We were six feet apart. That is far too close to a cougar. That is one jump for a cougar. I was very surprised, then a wave of fear started to wash through me that was quite insidious.
I started thinking "I can't outrun this, I can't outrun a cougar, I don't want to be prey!" I think the cougar reacted to my fear, to the smell of it. Both of us sat there and stared at each other. The cougar's green-gold eyes widened and began to narrow. The cougar's hair started to come up and its lips curled; it was showing signs of coming into attack mode.
I thought, "All right, here we go...."
So I made my biggest yowl and ran at that cougar with my hands extended into claws! And IT ran off!!
I changed my reaction to fear."