No one wants to feel uncomfortable. This is the reason so many of us go to instant gratification, numbing and avoiding the most difficult situations of our life.
To move away from anything that feels challenging, frightening or threatening is an instinctual survival technique. Our nervous systems are set up for us to move away from the perceived danger. Perceived is the keyword, as everything we experience is run through our individual lens, and from that standpoint, we base our opinions and judgments. And from the sum of that information, we take action.
Unhealed emotional disturbances at any level wreak havoc on the way we view the world. Unresolved pain smudges our perception and ignites reactions like anger, resentment, jealousy, and blame. Worse still, they take up so much space in our lives and burn immeasurable amounts of energy.
So why do we hold on to the pain? Because, truthfully, healing feels uncomfortable before it feels better, and without a strong self-care practice in place, we don’t have the strength to deal with the discomfort, never mind move through it.
This doesn’t have to be your future. I know from my own experience that healing can happen. But it does require that you find self-care tools that will support and sustain you through the difficult times. The times when memories flood in and life feels vulnerable and fragile. In order to heal we have to find the strength to look at our origin wounds and do the hard work of revisiting these tender and frightening experiences.
Self-care and meditation practices support your ability to do this. Every time you dedicate yourself to personal healing through the practices I recommend in my book, you gain the strength and courage to look at the most fragile parts of who you are and heal through the limitations they place on you.
The concept of embracing discomfort to find lasting comfort is a big leap of faith for many, but as I have said to others (and myself), What’s the alternative? I know that I have more to offer the world than a regurgitation of my sadness and sorrow, and I know you do too.
So, instead of running in the opposite direction when choppy times appear, take care of yourself and explore your energetic edge so you can bravely march toward that which feels most uncomfortable.
When I found the courage to do this work, I realized that the discomfort was never as challenging as I imagined it would be. If you are ready, take the next steps: move toward faith rather than fear and commit to your healing path. As you make this a practice in your life, you will understand the great happiness that sits on the other side.
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