Grow in Discomfort

Life is uncomfortable and messy and confusing and heartbreaking and it is filled with challenges.
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Many of us come to yoga or other spiritual practice because we want relief from the discomfort. We think it will protect us from pain and feelings and bad people. It looks like a perfect escape route.
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You will not get relief from the discomfort. Life will continue to happen. It will push you, pull you, challenge you, etc. If you want relief from discomfort, you will get that from drugs or alcohol or watching tv.
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Yoga can help you become more comfortable with discomfort.
Spiritual practice will give you tools that will make you strong and open. You will learn how to listen to guidance and recieve support from invisible places.
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But, it won’t make you more comfortable.
Sitting in meditation is not comfortable.
Making time to do your practice everyday will not be comfortable. Choosing to turn off the tv and instead go volunteer to free caged children will not make you more comfortable. Eating a vegetarian diet and choosing to spend less money on stuff you don’t need will not make you more comfortable. Practicing compassion in the face of hatred will not be comfortable. Choosing love over fear will not feel comfortable. Listening before you speak will not be comfortable.
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But, what might happen, if you choose a spiritual practice, and you commit to it for a long time, is that it might make you strong. It might help you see more clearly, feel more deeply, know more truly, and speak more honestly. It might make you more compassionate, more awake, more alive. .
It is a mistake to think that yoga will remove discomfort from your life. It will not.
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Knowing this will empower you. It will help you to see how you are evolving even if you don’t feel more comfortable. It will let you focus on what spiritual practice is truly good for: becoming a human being who is wildly in love with life and who has access to internal resources that can serve other people.

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