Friday, September 25, 2009

Get A Little Uncomfortable

Perhaps it is the fall weather, but I am really tapping into some amazing energy recently. Thoughts galore are swirling around &, like being in one of those cool boxes where they turn on the air & the money all swirls around you, I'm trying to grab all I can.

One I'm running with is comfort. So many things are designed to make us comfortable - physically & mentally. We all strive for it (just the right temperature, tasty if even not-so-healthy foods, finding the closest parking spot, etc., etc.). When something interferes with our comfort we get frustrated or even angry.

What if we embraced being uncomfortable?

One thing I've pondered: It seems the more we allow ourselves to explore what is uncomfortable (new foods, back roads, fears of failing, ...) the more the uncomfortable becomes comfortable. It's kind of like moving or starting a new job. The more we stick with it & explore our new surroundings, the more comfortable it becomes.

Suddenly, even though fear may still be there, the sensation of fear itself becomes comfortable and the possibilities for exploration are endless.

If we stick with only what is comfortable & known we greatly limit ourselves in what we can experience during our lifetimes. By even taking one step outside of our comfort zone and sticking with it, we increase our comfort circles just an itsy-bit more. It is exciting to even think about it!

I challenge you to pick one thing this weekend that is even a tad uncomfortable. Start small, start private if you'd like. Run a bit futher than you normally would. Visit that museum that you've wanted to visit but feel odd going to. Eat something you wouldn't otherwise. Smile at someone that you would otherwise ignore. Create something even though you don't consider yourself creative. Play. Laugh. Live...if just a little.

Let me know what you find.


  1. YES! this is exactly what I've been pondering lately. It seems I've gotten in a mode where I feel I must maintain comfort (maybe from years of constantly being in new and scary-and uncomfortable-situations) and it suddenly occured to me the other...why? Uncomfortableness isn't that bad, really. Why hanging on to comfort so much? I think I'll be making friends with uncomfortable situations. :-)

  2. Whoo hoo! Brandi, I'm going to try and be right there with you. That fear of uncomfortable situations is almost paralyzing, but the excitement of what COULD become comfortable is more of a motivator. Here's to you & finding more things that actually become comfortable :) ...keep me updated!

  3. i love this post. it really resonates with me. i am starting a massage therapy program tuesday! and doing a yoga teacher training. my world is expanding beyond belief and i am loving the new path that i am on. i feel like i have found my place, finally :)

  4. Melita - Yea! I love the journey you have taken to arrive at this point. Talk about sitting with what is uncomfortable...what a brave chica! I can't wait to follow along on your process!!