It is amazing to me how as a species we constantly strive for a feeling of safeness. We always want to be comfortable. We generally avoid things that are scary, too hard, or out of our normal routine. Instead we stick to what we know, whom we know, and where we know. Let me ask you… how does this pattern help us to grow?
I am sure that through experience and time, eventually yes… we will grow by following our normal, safe routine… I would argue however that by pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, we put miracle grow on our spiritual life.
This has been my experience over these past few weeks and particularly, this weekend.
I was asked to speak at a large gathering of spiritual souls on Saturday night, sharing my experience with nearly a hundred strangers. When I was asked I said yes. I was so nervous and I had no idea what was going to come out of my mouth, and yet, when the time came I prayed and asked for help. I was desperate for it. So scared. So overwhelmed of the audience. However, I didn’t want to lose site of the fact I was there to be of service to them. I needed to show up and be my authentic self with no filter. I needed help to make this happen and help is what I got. For thirty minuets as I spoke I was in a trance and my soul shined out from the inside. It was remarkable.
Another example…Last week I decided to start a 11th step yoga and meditation class at a local club that I regularly attend here in Denver. I have never before taught a class like this and yet, I felt pulled in my gut to do it. I taught this class on Sunday morning and the turn out was way bigger then what I was expecting. Again, what came out of me was beyond me. Before the class I was incredibly nervous about what to teach, what postures to hold, and what breaths to cue… I desperately wanted to make this new class perfect. I couldn’t handle the stress and so, again, what did I do? I asked for help. I got quiet and sat in silence and reflected on the idea that what I was doing was an act of service to others. That even though it was uncomfortable for me it wasn’t about me and it was something that God was asking me to do. I got the help I needed with a profound sense of internal inspiration and intuition. This is the key to growing.
In order to become better then who we are we need help form a power greater then ourselves. We only desperately seek this power when we feel we NEED it. When I am brushing my teeth and going through the “normal” the “comfortable” day to day things I do… I naturally think, “I got this… all on my own.” And it’s true, I can handle brushing my teeth on my own but we were made for so much more. We were made to shine our souls out towards others. All of our missions are different and we each have our own gifts… and yet we all suffer from the natural tendency to dim the light, to be subtle, to not go out and reach for our fullest potential. At least, this is something I struggle with, have struggled with, and am in the midst of breaking out of.
I want to feel confident enough in my self, in my spirit, and in my higher power to share this with others totally uninhibited. This is what we should all seek to do. We cannot do this unless we are truly pushing ourselves beyond our natural abilities. At this point, we ask for help, we get it, and we truly shine, grow, blossom.
So, go on… do something today that is outside of your comfort zone, ask for help, and see what happens. 😉