Comfort in Discomfort


Everywhere, people are struggling with the same question:

How do I end this discomfort?

When we are not in alignment with our higher selves, we feel discomfort. As our collective consciousness evolves, our collective discomfort increases until finally we cannot ignore it any longer. We WANT to see it. We continually manifest scenarios to keep ourselves conscious of the gap between where we are and what we know we are capable of.

Back to the question:

How do I end this discomfort?

Our spiritual discomfort shows itself in our bodies, and that is where we must begin. It’s not just what we do, it’s how we do it. The vibration of our action allows it to manifest itself in change.

Every experience that causes us discomfort is a step on the path of our evolution.

We are all connected, so one being’s pain is every being’s pain. Yet every being’s discomfort is unique. When we are in touch with our discomfort, it becomes a source of power and knowledge. Discomfort can be a great source of comfort.

Today: Get to know your discomfort. Sit with it. Listen to it. Don’t push it away by focusing on other people’s actions, or numb it with mindless distraction. Sit still. Be quiet. Be uncomfortable. Listen to your inner wisdom.

What does it tell you?

  • To take action?
  • To speak up?
  • To reflect?
  • To learn more?
  • To reach out?
  • To listen?
  • To make a change?
  • To write?
  • To create?
  • To share?
  • To challenge your assumptions?

A friend introduced me to the work of Krista Tippett and The On Being Project. (Thank you, Carrie!) In her On Being podcast, Krista recently interviewed Resmaa Menakem, therapist and trauma specialist, and author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

I believe trauma is at the heart of fear-based behavior. We must address our own trauma, and help others to do the same. It starts with acknowledging the pain and sitting with the discomfort.

A recent tweet:

Scientists declare that it’s human nature to be compassionate. All living beings who experience feelings of pleasure and pain ultimately survive as a result of love and compassion. If we human beings help each other, serve each other, with compassion, we’ll be happy. -Dalai Lama

Be compassionate first with yourself, and you will find compassion for others comes naturally.

Go forth. Be UNCOMFORTABLE. Be COMPASSIONATE. Be inspired. Create your day.

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