Hello August! If the first 10 days are any indication of how the rest of the month is going to go, it's going to be a busy one! I feel like a broken record, but I can't believe how this summer has flown.
The past few months I've let my "monthly intentions" slide. In case you missed it, at the beginning of the year I decided to set monthly goals versus one New Years resolution. Since June, I've been sharing these exclusively in my newsletters. I know many of you get my newsletter (and if you don't, sign up here!) but I wanted to get back on track and share my intentions here as well.
January - I revamped my morning routine.
February - I added in daily meditation.
June - I slowed down.
This month, I'm working on finding comfort in discomfort. Working on stepping outside of my comfort zone because this place is where change, growth, and expansion happen.
This place is also scary, awkward, and challenging. It can be hard to set aside the fear of the new and unknown, especially when the benefit of taking the risk is not certain.
I've found that the key to being able to consistently step outside of that comfort zone is to learn how to find comfort in the discomfort. In yoga, we practice "sthira" (steadiness) and "sukha" (ease) in all postures. Whether or not you have practiced yoga, you've probably seen pictures of yogis twisting into what looks like a human pretzel. Where can you find ease in such a posture? Through the breath.
The breath is where I will be starting to find ease and calm even in the most uncomfortable situations, and I challenge you to try this as well. You can use my favorite calm breathing technique to get started.
As you breathe, notice how the anxiety and stress of the "uncomfortable" situation begins to dissolve. With that calm and clear mind, you will have the confidence to take that next step - to leave your comfort zone, to step into growth and expansion, and to live life to your fullest potential.
With that, I'm off for a week of relaxation and lots of deep breathing in Maine with the family. I'll be back next week with a delicious recipe and VERY exciting news. See you back here then!