"I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to." - Donnie Darko
This sigh of relief is the acceptance of death. This final acceptance of the inevitability of uncertainty is peace, is freedom from strife. And we need not experience a physical death in order to integrate this peaceful serenity into our daily lives, we may choose to "die" every moment, to let go of our attachment to the temporary form (be it body, or mental image) that we so aggressively identify with. Let it die. Every moment. This does not mean to become cold and emotionless, it means surrendering to the flow of life in all forms. Again, this does not mean say yes to everything, discretion is still welcome, only fear is rejected, we'll still make use of our wisdom.
Something I heard frequently, and understood intellectually, but until recently had not experienced first hand was the burden of carrying the spiritual label. Spirit is in everything. Everything and everyone. This world may not be perfect from the perspective of an activist or an evangelist, but it is perfect in its imperfection none the less. In the eyes of the Creator how could it be anything less?
I am quite pleased with the progress I've witnessed in myself so far. Once again, I've climbed to a new peak, reached a new milestone. Fear lingers still, but has been conquered on virtually every level. Only a quickly fading habit remains, and its only a matter of time before that too is put to rest.