You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
Abraham Maslow, from
Motivation & Personality
Comfort is overrated.
The nature of life is evolution. With each moment we are owning more of who we are, accepting ourselves as a center of consciousness. As we continue to meditate, we learn more and more to accept ourselves, warts and all. Our history, our limitations, our shortcomings. We may even get comfortable with ourselves.
It’s easy to think that comfort is the goal of spiritual and/or psychological work, and to think that if we are uncomfortable, we must be doing something ‘wrong.’ But that’s not the way it works.
We find comfort. This is true. And we become grounded in that feeling. And then life says something like, ‘Okay. Good. We have a foundation now. An experience of wholeness we can return to. Now it’s time to expand, to take on more of life, more of consciousness; to take even more responsibility for the way life is playing out around us, and for our brothers and sisters. It’s time to own the deeper truth that we are expressions of Divine nature in this moment and in every moment.’
And with this thought, we expand. Outward from center. We own even more of consciousness than we thought was available to us. And it’s uncomfortable. Like an arm that’s been in a cast for six weeks–the cast comes off and the skin hurts, just by touching the air. Like this, we own this part of ourselves that’s been unconscious and ignored, and it’s uncomfortable.
Own the discomfort. Embrace the discomfort. This is fantastic news. The discomfort means we’re doing our job, that we’re continuing to grow. Now we have the opportunity to find comfort even with this. Even with this new, more expanded experience of life and of self. We look out from our place in the center of it all, seeking our oneness with the world, and asking from our Higher Self (or God, if you will) for help in seeing and taking the next step in the direction of our growth.
And as we step forward, we begin to find a new experience of comfort – the comfort of service to something greater than our ego, greater than our small self needs. The comfort of consciousness on the move.
The universe is infinite. Consciousness, too, is infinite. Our capacity to grow and to own our place in consciousness is infinite. If we want to be involved in this game of infinite growth and possibility, it will pay to make friends with our discomfort, for we’re going to be seeing a lot of it.
Today I will own the temporary feeling of discomfort I may have, without trying to get away from it or cover it up. I will feel the uncomfortable sensations in my body and then put my attention in the world rather than in the stories my mind tells me about the discomfort and what it means about me or about the world. And I will ask for guidance from something other than my ego what the next right action might be. And I will take that next step, in spite of how uncomfortable I may feel.