What Area of Your Life is Bringing You Discomfort? favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - June 16th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Tune-In Tuesday, Growth

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Many of us may be feeling some discomfort in our lives right now, whether it is due to the current world climate, our immediate surroundings, or feelings within ourselves.

When you experience discomfort, what is your instinctual reaction? Do you take all measures to avoid it?

In today’s episode, you will take a hard look at the areas of your life that are bringing you any feelings of uneasiness. What if life is bringing you these experiences because you’ve outgrown what was here before? What if your answers lie in the struggle?

Dwelling in the discomfort is a deeply spiritual practice. Tune in to begin.


[00:04] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily and welcome to our Tune-In Tuesday episode of this week. It's time for us to contemplate a specific topic and a little reminder that we begin our practice here with this episode, but for you to do this work, to actually learn something about yourself, I would love for you to sit down and journal on this topic later today, and maybe even share it with a friend. I was contemplating which topic to choose for today and something that's been on my mind a lot over the past couple of days is how uncomfortable so many of us are right now in different ways, whether it's, you know, the Black Lives Matter movement and the huge, huge shifts and changes we are seeing in terms of anti-racism work in this world. Maybe you're feeling uncomfortable around that, around those conversations. Perhaps you're feeling some discomfort around COVID-19, around coronavirus, around the many, many changes that we've experienced this year.

[01:01] Chances are that you have something going on in your own life right now that is bringing you some discomfort as well. Whether that's a relationship that's challenging you, or if it's a dynamic in your life or perhaps something around yourself, right? Maybe you're sensing a bit of unease in your body. So, I think discomfort is a really big topic for everybody. And we are kind of taught since we were little to look for comfort everywhere we go, right? For life to be fine all the time, for life to be good all the time. It's like, we want to feel good and happy and grateful and anytime anything uncomfortable comes our way, we are a little bit conditioned to run from that right away. And actually, dwelling in an uncomfortable place is a hugely important spiritual practice. If you are practicing yoga, I'm sure you've had the experience of arriving at a really uncomfortable pose or an uncomfortable place in your practice and how usually it's those moments, those shapes, that actually allow you to evolve in your practice.

[02:09] If we only spend all of our days in the poses that are really easy for us, we're not really ever going to grow, right? So I like to believe that life throws us these moments of discomfort as a little nudge that, Hey, you've outgrown what was here before. It's time for you not to expand, to learn something new, to get out of that comfort zone, right? And maybe start approaching life in a different way. So today I want to take a moment to contemplate what area of your life is bringing you some discomfort right now? And this could be, you know, conversations that you're having right now that are making you uncomfortable. It can be people telling you certain things that makes you uncomfortable. It could be that you're feeling a sense of discomfort in your body, right? Maybe something has changed or shifted in your body recently and you're sensing some discomfort there.

[03:01] Maybe you're experiencing pains somehow, right? Especially if you've been through some loss or some instability, insecurity right now, of course, all of those changes are going to come with a huge amount of this comfort. We are creatures of habit, of routine. We want to have that feeling of security and safety, of course, all the time. So chances are that whenever we find ourselves thrown into that really unpredictable, uncomfortable place is that we try to bypass it, right? We try to jump right away to something happy. We try to shift or manipulate the situation so we can get back to feeling good right away. And what if right now, the moments of discomfort you're experiencing are here to bring you something. What if they're not a nuisance, but a gift, right? Take a moment right now just to contemplate what area of your life or what's happening within you or around you right now, that's making you uncomfortable.

[04:02] Take a moment just to sit with that, if you want to journal on this today, a great prompt to do some stream of consciousness journaling would be: I feel uncomfortable when… And just follow that. Just keep writing. I feel uncomfortable when… You know, when I'm moving my body, or I feel uncomfortable when everything is quiet. I feel uncomfortable when people challenge my point of view, I feel uncomfortable in my yoga practice. I feel uncomfortable not knowing what my next step is in life. See where this prompt wants to take you and give yourself at least 10 solid minutes just to write, to get really clear on, you know, what is this area of discomfort? And is there a way for me to really acknowledge that, allow for that instead of trying to escape it, right? Give yourself a little more space to dwell in that moment, because remember it's part of practice. It's part of your life and learning how to be with discomfort is a beautiful practice. It's going to make you stronger, more resilient, and it's going to help you adapt to change as well. Wishing you a beautifully uncomfortable day today. I hope you are feeling grounded in all of this discomfort all throughout. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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