We are currently all experiencing daily discomforts and being faced with difficult challenges that cause worry, angst and fear. Are we equipped to deal with these changes and challenges? Here are 4 steps to focus on that will hopefully uplift our spirits:
1. Stepping Stones
We view discomfort as being annoying and as something we don’t want to do. However, in truth, it’s actually a step to a greater place. Remember that the feelings of discomfort and frustration are simply the opening to new horizons.
2. Spiritual Awakening
The feelings of dissatisfaction are the beginning of a spiritual awakening. So, the first step in building any type of courage is to do something we are not comfortable doing. It doesn’t have to be dangerous and it doesn’t have to repulsive, but something that requires and demands us to go outside of our comfort zone. The question is: can we turn that awakening into a higher state of awareness and consciousness?
3. New Opportunities
Discomfort means that something is happening, and we have an unique opportunity to change and to grow. However, when we choose to run away from discomfort, we are closing our mind to greater experiences and new opportunities because of fear.
4. Embrace it
The key is to try to find ways to embrace the changes around us. Let us open ourselves up to the changes around us and let them transform us. Don’t shy away from discomfort, embrace it.
Adapted by Seymour Dorfman based on the teachings of Rabbi Simon Jacobson.
Exercise: Note an event in your day that wasn’t in your normal comfort zone and how you worked through the process to embrace it. How was it different than your typical reaction to discomfort? Record your answer in MyMLC.
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