I have been thinking a lot lately about how we learn lessons and grow from them. I have also been thinking a lot about what stops us from making much needed change in our lives. Of course, I immediately think of fear and its ability to keep us safe, from the unknown, as well as ourselves.

I was in yoga yesterday (a class I was really looking forward to all day) and was having difficulty staying with poses, even down dog. I felt uncomfortable, slightly irritated with myself and was sweating out all water I consumed that day. At first, when I felt the discomfort in these poses, I would begin to wiggle and move out of them. Frustrated with myself, I would try to gently come back into them, remembering to breathe. My breathe made me think of other uncomfortable situations that I have had recently (ones that we all have had), including:

  • Necessary conversations
  • Conflict that we try to avoid
  • Our reaction to others bad behavior

How do we normally act when we are in an uncomfortable situation? My first response is to get out of there. How about you? It was in that moment, I realized that the more uncomfortable the situation, the more we have to learn from it. So next time you find yourself running from those situations, Stay. Breathe through them; be the observer, remove your emotion ties to what is going on and ask yourself “What can I learn from this?” You may find out something about yourself that you never knew.

I would love to hear or see how you have stuck with a situation and it has helped you. Just leave a comment on this post or upload a video to YouTube and tag it “Ja-Nae”.

Happy Friday!

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One Response

  1. Stephen P Smith

    I quit smoking 3 weeks ago and I am very uncomfortable. I am uncomfortable when I drive because I don’t know what to do with my hands.

    I am uncomfortable because I do not know how to “kill time” or take a break without a smoke.

    I am uncomfortable because my routine for organizing my thoughts relied upon smoking.

    Sure, food smells and tastes *more*, but what do you do after you eat? Just sit there?

    Breathing, letting it flow through – good ideas but not helping in the larger picture. Working on this in a looong post right now.

    Thanks for sharing this.


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