In the third installment of the A-Z series C is for Comfort Zone.
Ah the comfort zone. That warm safe haven in which we retreat from the world. Our place of strength, certainty and well being. As Kelly Clarkson writes about in her song ” I never stray too far from the sidewalk” our comfort zone. Is it really our friend?
Many times a comfort zone is not as much of a friend as might be believed. One of the enriching parts about being an ALIVE human not just one merely eating,breathing, and going through the mechanical motions of keeping a body alive is a desire to expand consciousness and experience. That only happens during times of stepping out of the ideas and experiences in which a person finds most comfort.
Play “dress up” with unique experiences just for the sake of experiencing them. How do you know if you don’t try? How can you know something unless you question and explore? Walk a mile in a different pair of shoes. This practice adds chapters, interesting chapters to our book of life by letting go an allowing experiences to happen to us, creating memories and challenging assumptions.
I invite all readers to give themselves permission to be random for a moment. Have a completely unscripted spontaneous happening! Take a different route home from work. Shop at a different grocery store. Try a new recipe or restaurant. Here is a real challenge visit a different church just for the mere experience of seeing how others do things. Travel to a place you’ve never been before or look on You Tube and learn how to say Hello or I Love You in a different language.
Displaying courage to step out of one’s comfort zone enables a richness, adds depth and layers to existence that can feel quite empowering and fulfilling as one’s being and consciousness grows and one’s comfort zone expanse to encompass a wider territory.