Our strategy for dealing with discomfort tends to be a pattern that shows up across a wide range of uncomfortable situations.
A challenging yoga pose can be a great tool to explore these patterns.
Do you try to rush into and/or out of it?
Do you get angry?
Look for someone to blame?
Do you fidget in the discomfort?
Do you feel bad about being uncomfortable?
Do you seek distractions and try to escape, so you don’t focus on the discomfort?
Do you try to avoid it?
Do you try to control it?
Do you try to control others within it?
Do you interpret discomfort as “something is wrong?”
Do you make it bad?
Do you judge yourself for how you react to the discomfort?
Do you judge others for how they react to it?
How is this the same or different from how you work through (or don’t work through) other uncomfortable situations?
The discomfort is here to help us grow and evolve. If we allow it.
When we resist the discomfort we prolong our suffering.
The more we embrace discomfort, the more we can sit in it without judgment, the better our relationship to it. And the less we are in suffering.
The gift in these times is that we get a lot of practice in making this choice.