'fearless' means believing that you have the freedom to act
So today I am thinking that this idea of being 'totally fearless' has not only a physical dimension (because I have a physical disability), but also has an emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimension. One could easily view this in much the same way that one can view health, in a holistic manner that encompasses all aspects of our being. I don't think that having a physical impairment has robbed me of life's opportunities and challenges...I have been blessed with many privileges, and thus have enjoyed the experience of good health. For me, the factor that has inhibited my being and ultimately what I could contribute to humanity, has been my experience and perceptions of how others perceive me in relation to an imperfect body. Then I guess one could say, what is a perfect body? That aside, the erosion of confidence, self-esteem and sense of place ( for me always lower) is what the idea of 'totally fearless' must address. Even if intellectually I know that others are not judging me based on my impairment, this embedded perception has been with me since my earliest childhood memories. I can't just erase what is at the core of who I am; but I can teach myself to act and to think differently, fearlessly....that is my quest : To remove the oppression ( whether internal or external or both) form the hearts and minds of others. If I practice with me, then I can move that knowledge onto others.