Litany against fear

how to climb steep hills on a mountain bikeThe Litany against fear is a fictional incantation spoken by characters in Frank Herbert’s Dune and its sequels in order to focus their minds in times of peril.

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

Mountain biking yesterday, on a steep five kilometre climb in 32 degree heat, I remembered it, and used it as my mantra to get to the top:

Pain is the mind-killer.
Pain is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my pain.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the pain has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.

I found it kept me spinning my cranks past my breaking point, so maybe it’ll work for you too.

2007.04.03