On transformation and facing your fears – the role of mindfulness on the journey to peace

Butterfly metamorphosisMindfulness is something we are deeply committed to here at The Terrace, and have offered a number of blog posts highlighting the value of poetry in the promotion of stillness and being present in the moment.

So when we came across the poem reproduced here today, we just had to share it. Called Unconditional, it is by Jennifer Paine Welwood, a poet and therapist from California who works ‘to bring together psychological and spiritual work in the service of realizing and embodying our essential nature’. Find out more about her on her website.

When embarking on therapy of any kind there is a natural nervousness about the journey ahead. What feelings will surface? How do I acknowledge and deal with them? Will I be changed by the experience and if so how? As you embrace the enquiry into your deepest fears however, you may find the ‘jewels’ Jennifer describes in the poem and by doing so find real peace.


Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;
Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within;
Opening to my loss,
I gain the embrace of the universe;
Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.
Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me
And becomes itself transformed
Into its radiant jewel-like essence.
I bow to the one who has made it so,
Who has crafted this Master Game;
To play it is purest delight –
To honor its form, true devotion.

Sometimes it is really scary to be faced with feelings long suppressed, but to be transformed in a positive way is the aim of all therapy. Being mindful, and living in the present moment does not mean you don’t need the courage to face difficult issues, but as the poet suggests here, by doing so you may find a nugget of beauty in even the toughest challenge. Many of the inspirational quotes one sees on social media are based on this idea – that facing fears transforms them, and might transform you….

Miranda Bevis is offering mindfulness taster sessions at The Terrace on Tues 21st April 6.30pm – 8pm or
Weds 22nd April 9.30am – 11am and a new 8 week course starts Tues 5th May 6.30pm-8.45pm or from Weds 6th May 9.15am – 11.30am. Call us on 01823 338968 or see our website for more details.

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