Yet, the people of the Western world doesn't typically live in the wilderness. So, many of our fears are internal fears such as fear of intimacy, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of abandonment, etc. When fear is internal, you can never really run away because you can't outrun yourself.
The hard thing in embracing and being intimate with fear is just allowing yourself to face it, to be open and vulnerable to it. Most of us recoil when we encounter fear and try to hide from it by distracting ourselves or blame our fears on others so we don't have to be responsible for the way we feel.
We don't have to recoil from internal fear. We just have to allow ourselves to be with it. Allow it to wash over us, recognize and name the fears you are experiencing. Witness them, be with them and find out why they exist. Many of our fears come from childhood experiences or expectations.
Once you have acknowledged the fear you can practice letting it go. Its so hard for us to do this but if you can just practice letting go of that one fear this one time, you've proven to yourself that you can do it and you can do it again.
How can you let go of fear? Remember that we are who we are because of our life experiences and how we chose to react to them. Like it or not, the reaction you have to any event, is a choice. Sometimes its not a concious choice but it is a choice nonetheless. The sooner we realize this and become more mindful of our actions and reactions in the world, the sooner we can begin to recongize these instant decisions and take control of them and the feelings that they represent.
Practice recongizing fear when it happens. Then be with it. Let it sit in your body. Experience it. Where do you feel fear. Is it in your chest? Do your hands tremble? Do your eyes tear up? Does your body sweat? Feel it, be with it and recognize the sensations in your body. What memories does it evoke? Does the fear speak with the voice of someone you know or with your own voice? Does it take a mental form in your mind? What event in your life does this fear remind you of?
Understand that most fear is natural, normal, and healthy. However, unhealthy fear is unnecessary and you can choose to let it go.
You may have to let this same fear go a few times before it is vanquished but it will abate over time. Remember, if something doesn't work for you (running away or hiding from fear) do something else. Smile instead.