Exploring Discomfort


    Take the time to be curious about the cause of discomfort, and explore what is. Usually when we feel any discomfort, we first try to ignore it, deny it or push it away. Instead, we can think of discomfort as a Stop Sign being put up by the body to pay attention to something. Rather than running the Stop Sign, we can stop and explore the cause of emotional, mental or physical discomfort with an undefended heart.

    We can come to know for our self what it means to be present with all that life brings. We can notice how discomfort often takes us into reaction, such as when a family member expresses impatience towards us. When we eat too much food, we can listen to the body’s signals and learn from them. After we speak unkind words, we can focus within and notice how we feel.

    Being aware of uncomfortable feelings, we come into direct contact with the body’s messages without having to change anything. With gentle openness, we focus right into sensations, asking, "What is this?" Staying open to what is naturally leads to what’s true and what feels better.

    Bringing awareness to what is is a gift to yourself and others. Even when it means you need to explore discomfort!

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    Try this the next time you are aware that you feel stressed and want to quiet down the inner chaos quickly. Walking, driving, standing still or sitting, quietly say while breathing in, "I am breathing in, and I am at peace." Say while breathing out, "I am breathing out, and I am at peace." Focus attention on what happens. If you become distracted, simply return your focus to your words and notice what's happening within. Repeat until you notice a shift, and are ready to stop. The cells of the body receive thought as instruction, and they are willing followers to whatever we think. Saying we are at peace allows the body to shift from feeling rushed around, to slowing down, so we can feel quieter inside. With the goal of maintaining balance in all things, use this practice with care, and let awareness be your guide. Sometimes this practice is helpful, and other times, it can be used to distract us from exploring mistaken beliefs that keep us rushing around. Remembering awareness is a gift to yourself and others.


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