Ask Abdi: How To Deal With Fear That Comes Up With Sitting?

The Question

I am going to a 10 days Vipassana retreat; I see how I am getting more and more afraid about the process:).Would you please pass me some advice?

Abdi Answers

Wonderful that you are setting aside time to sit with your self. This is one of the most important things one can do in life: to face one’s Self. It is normal to be afraid of such endeavors as most of us spend every waking moment pushing away any opportunity to be with our selves. Your fear is not a reaction to an approaching danger. Rather it is a reaction to an experience that has become foreign over time. Feel and breathe into the fear with the awareness that it is just your own self that you become estranged from. The fear will pass. Meeting your Self and learning to sit with you will remind you that you are free. Best to do such things on our own time rather have life force it upon us.