Fearless in love is the name of courage building exercise. It will unlock the benefits of courageous conversations. Are you ready for this challenge?
What Does Love Fearlessly Mean?
A good way to understand the concept of loving fearlessly is all about is to learn what loving fearlessly is not. To be fearless means you act even though there is good reason to be afraid. It means you will not let fear deter you from action. When fighters face each other, their facial expressions do not show any fear, even though we all know that deep down they have good reason to be fearful.
This is where courage comes in. It is the reaction to the need in the face of uncertainty and danger. Exhibiting courage is one way to love fearlessly. It’s what superheros do. You want to be a superhero, don’t you?
Fearless action does not mean to act foolishly or without awareness of the risk. On the contrary, it means you understand the scope of the danger, but put yourself at risk because your values tell you it is necessary. Sometimes it means sacrificing your self-interest for others.
So, what comes first, courage, vulnerability or love? Think of courage as the engine of love. It takes courage to love because it makes us vulnerable to being hurt. Love gives us the courage to execute, even though we are vulnerable. (1) Together, courage, love and vulnerability enable us to conquer fear. We can see past the fear and take action even when it means putting ourselves at great risk, either emotionally, physically or both. Vulnerability is the prize of acting in the face of danger.
For example, a man runs into a burning building. This is an automatic response. His conscience tells him he must act because someone may be in danger, and there isn’t time to waste in weighing the potential risks. The man risks his life without hesitation because that is the way we are wired. Social beings value the life of others.
What if it isn’t a child, but a dog or a cat? The response could be the same depending on the value structure of the man. What if there is no outward evidence of life, but the man knows the people who live in the house? He may run into building anyway because of the relational bound he has for his neighbor. If no one was at home, he could die for no reason at all. However, he will still go into the building just in case someone or some creature needs saving.
Fearless in Love a Courage Builder
So what does it mean to be fearless? It means being ferocious. To be ferocious is to be savage, untamed, aggressive, and determined. Cultivating the strength of love helps us to tame our fears. You can do this!
Of course, you do not have to be afraid when you are vulnerable. To be vulnerable without fear is the essence of perfect love and devotion. It is the other side of this coin, where shared vulnerability creates intimacy.
Extending love when we have something to lose means acting with courage, and exhibiting courage makes you vulnerable by opening your heart and soul. You are more powerful and courageous than you think. It sounds a little scary, but the rewards are worth the effort. It’s a fabulous way to build confidence and courage. Why is this exercise so hard?
We hold back from sharing our feelings makes us vulnerable because we fear rejection. Rejection can cause scars that last a lifetime and we live in a world where fear permeates the culture. It can undermine relationships and thwart our efforts of spiritual exploration and self-discovery. We are fearless in love when we trust our heart and move forward. The outcome of the meeting does not matter.
Our culture even creates new things to make us more afraid. Social media like Facebook make it possible to suffer fear of virtual rejection or cyber persecution. It’s a whole new set of emotional triggers that never existed before and it’s why some people avoid vulnerability at all costs. Never fear! We can learn to overcome this anxiety with an exercise like this one. We can even use it to heal those old scars of rejection.
Ask yourself, what does “to love fearlessly” mean to me? For some people, it means something simple, like asking for help at a store. For others, it might be skydiving. The best part of it, the more you do it, the better at it you become. Keep this question in mind as we move through the exercise so you can find alternative ways “to love fearless.”
When we learn to share our love, it strengthens us precisely because it makes us vulnerable. Vulnerability is the key; it’s a courage builder. Vulnerability is also linked to our intention. Our intention is muscle that gives us the courage to act, and vulnerability is the fuel of intention. See, it’s all linked.
This exercise is strength training for the mind. The more you do it, the stronger you become!
The more we exercise our courage, the stronger it gets, and learning to express our feelings is the way to do it. It is essential for the growth of our heart and emotional wellbeing. When we hold back, our intention shrinks. That’s why the rewards are worth the risk.
So, what are the benefits? Well, remember, our courage is like a muscle, so the more we use it, the stronger it gets. Vulnerability is an aspect of courage, so they both grow together. You’ll find other ways to love fearlessly. You’ll be so fearless people will look at you for advice on the subject.
When you bolster your courage, it boosts your self-confidence, which has many practical benefits. It will help you in any situation where you need to negotiate or sell yourself, like a job interview. Courage also makes you more self-aware. You will face internal challenges and overcome bad habits. Looking inside can be just as scary as jumping off the cliff.
Okay, here we go. The following exercise will build the power of your determination and intention.
The Benefits of Courageous Conversations
Yes, this exercise will require some personal risk, but you aren’t jumping off a cliff, just having a conversation. It’s still scary, but not as risky as the cliff. You can do it!
So, you’ll need to bolster your courage and intention. Do some jumping jacks and warm up. You’ll practice reaching out. Stand up to negative aspects of culture and be fearless in love. Share and compassion.
Ideally, pick someone you could not share your feelings with before because of your vulnerability and fear of rejection. It could be a way to repair a broken relationship or reinforce a current one.
One benefit of courageous conversations is how it boosts your self-worth.
1. Set Your Goals and Your Intention
What does love fearless mean? It means taking action. Start small. It may be anything from apologizing to telling someone that you love them. It helps to write a short script of what you want to say or do. Keep this script or action plan short. Only three or four brief sentences. This makes the script easier to memorize.
The script is a plan of action that keeps you on track. Then you execute your script. So, take some time and practice. Look in a mirror and go over what you want to convey. Practice until you can memorize what you want to say in a way that doesn’t sound like you are talking from a script. It’s one of the best ways to love fearlessly.
Keep the benefits of courageous conversations in mind. You’ll be a better person, no matter the outcome.
Some people find it easier to start with something that involves less risk. Try a simple act of kindness, picking up the trash you see in a public park. Take a walk with a trash bag and pick up the trash. These types of small things build your confidence and courage so you can work up to those involving relationships. See, that makes it easy.
2. Take Action
You’ve decided on a goal and a declaration of your intention. Now follow through. Take action. Even if someone does not accept your words of love or activities, you will attain a tremendous personal victory.
All the benefits of courageous conversations increase the more you engage in these types of meetings. Speaking from the heart makes you more trustworthy. People can see authenticity. You set an example others want to follow.
Opening your heart earnestly and fearlessly makes it possible for other beautiful things to happen in your heart and your life. You learn that the fear of rejection is more debilitating and damaging than the actual act of being rejected and then moving on.
No doubt about it, this is an authentic courage builder. Many people find it more difficult than skydiving or speaking in front of a crowd. So, it’s scary, but well worth the risk. It means you are becoming a warrior of light, acting with courage to extend kindness and love.
“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ― Scott Adams
It’s important to document the results in your spiritual journal. It doesn’t matter the consequences. If your words or actions are not accepted, it is still considered a personal success. You have met a personal challenge. Learning to trust yourself is one way to love fearlessly.
Regardless of your results, this exercise is a step forward in your personal growth. This exercise will open your heart. It’s a courage builder that will produce results in other areas of your life. You’ll need to bolster your intention to overcome obstacles and meet goals. It shows up as confidence in your demeanor.
Even if you don’t receive immediate positive feedback, it’s still a positive Karma builder. You might not see the results immediately. You may never see the results of the seeds you plant. But people who do this are the ones we remember, so stick with it.
Congratulate yourself on executing this plan of action.
Extending Love is a Courage Builder
Another benefit of having a courageous conversation is that no matter what happens, you win. You build your courage and intention. You feel what it is like to live out of intent instead of habit. It’s also the doorway to the virtues of the spirit. These are what will transform your heart and perception, and it will give you a new sense of purpose.
Find Other Ways to Love Fearlessly
At the beginning of every meeting, we send love, light, and healing energy to facilitate those engaging in this inner work. We ask all our virtual partners to join us in sending positive energy or prayer to support this courageous effort. This exercise is one of those we include in our blended learning process. These processes are the domain of spiritual exploration. Community building is just one of the benefits of courageous conversations. When you see someone else share, it gives you the courage to do the same.
This exercise is like skydiving. The first time you do it is the scariest. But the sense of personal accomplishment makes it worth the risk. And like skydiving, the more you do this exercise, the more you enjoy it.
(1) Health is wisely sharing vulnerability: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5330328/