Intelligent Fear

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

There are different ways of being afraid. Pointlessly afraid, and justifiably afraid. Being afraid of thoughts and emotions belongs under 'pointlessly afraid.' But there is also a necessary way to being afraid. And that is the more intelligent kind, which is that you face facts and you understand that if such and such negative action makes such and such happen, then it's not going to go well, and you're afraid of that, so you do your best.