Breaking Boundaries: The Uncomfortable Path to Mental Freedom
There is a mental pattern we all face but is one I have often been hearing out loud lately. that people crave a change in their mental health and fitness, but they are unwilling to go through an uncomfortable experience to get there. Mostly from people who are no strangers to intense physical exercise.
This is fundamentally on of the biggest issues plaguing the mental health and performance of our society. for some reason we accept the fact that if we want to be physically fit and feel good, we are going to have to go through something that is difficult and uncomfortable, often painful.
We recognize that typically through intentional discomfort we get a fantastic feeling on the other side and the benefit of increased strength. The mind and emotions are no different. They all operate on the same system. If you knew that on the other side of the discomfort was a feeling of freedom, would you go through the discomfort?
From my experience, often the greater the mental/emotional difficulty, the greater the freedom on the other side. This I can only say from experience.
Examples of this discomfort can be seen with facing limiting beliefs. Mental or physical discomfort during meditation, breath work, or physical exercise. Facing emotions while talking or journaling. Or the biggest fear, losing control of where our mind goes, often in the case of treatments such as psychedelics.
No matter the reason or the fear, my goal is to guide more people through the fire. If you think of a forest fire, if you run away from it in the direction the wind is blowing, it will just grow and grow and eventually catch up to you. However, if you turn and run through it, you may get burned a little, but you will feel immense freedom and safety on the other side.
Our typical way of putting out the fire is to put water on it, the equivalent of numbing what is bothering us. But what happens when we run out of water? This is where most get into deep trouble, and often don't come back from.
Pain can often be our greatest teacher.
But the student must be ready.