Jul 14 2014

The Beauty of Discomfort

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I had to heed my own advice this week! Why was I surprised?

Comfort-seeking is part of our animal nature. It’s a good thing because it keeps us motivated and moving forward. It becomes a not-good thing when we come to expect it, when we have the need to feel comfortable all the time. Many people, especially in the US, have developed an unconscious sense of entitlement when it comes to comfort.

Mine showed up recently. …. This has been a year of unexpected and unplanned challenges. I moved to a new home and we’re renovating. My business is changing and evolving. I have had health issues to deal with (I’m fine, just annoyed). Lots going on, and much emotional discomfort from time to time. When my teacher/mentor said to me last week, in response to a comment I made about a current situation, “Maybe you’re not supposed to be comfortable right now,” a light bulb went off in my head. Oh, yeah, THAT! (How quickly we forget.)

Armed with this awareness, I started thinking, “if I’m not supposed to feel comfortable now, what is the benefit of that?” Developing the soul nature.

  1. Life goes in cycles. We have periods of winter, spring, summer, and fall. Change can be uncomfortable, and each phase has its comfort and discomfort.
  2. Sometimes we are given a lot to handle as part of a strengthening process, like adding more weight at the gym.
  3. Birth contractions hurt, whether physical or spiritual.

 

Discomfort guides us to grow in ways comfort cannot – to help us birth new awareness and strength. Acceptance, surrender, perseverance, and endurance are important concepts to embrace during these times. They help us develop qualities such as flexibility, determination, discipline, courage, creativity, and leadership. Yes, we must be leaders in our own lives in order to emerge successfully.

A helpful quote: “You must bear your karma cheerfully, whatever it may be, taking it as an honor that suffering comes to you, because it shows that the Lords of Karma think you are worth helping.” (J Krishnamurti)

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Jul 9 2014

Distractions, Resistance

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I came across a great quote recently.

“When you are interested in something you do what’s convenient, when you are committed to something, you do whatever it takes”.

What a great reminder! How many times do we think we’re committed to find that really we are only just interested? And what is there to do if we want to be committed but are having a hard time with it?

Two things: 1) watch your resistance and 2) overcome the distractions.

Especially when committing oneself to a spiritual program, it is important to remember that the psyche has a tendency to resist change because it knows it is going to have to give up its stronghold. Spiritual growth is about developing consciousness, so your ego/personality will fight that. It will create distractions to try to pull you away, such as not liking the program or the meditations, and finding reasons for work or family things to get in the way, to keep you from meditating and staying with your program. If you want to grow your soul, consciousness, awareness, you may have to fight for it. Feel the distractions (resistance) and do it anyway.

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