The thing we all know and don't want to do....be uncomfortable.
To accomplish things we need to challenge ourselves. Challenge is the opposite of comfort. This is a difficult balance because what is challenging for one may not be for another and what was challenging yesterday may not be challenging enough today.
Through hunger we access our fat stores and get fed. Through cold our body generates heat. By breaking our muscles they grow stronger. By looking to the sun our eyes and skin adjust. Learning to hold your breath increases the expression of oxygen in the body. So much of health is now going the direction of increased sensitivity instead of more of the thing itself.
Nature says use it or loose it. be uncomfortable. The balance is knowing how to challenge yourself without going to far and injuring yourself with cold or hunger or exercise. All this applies to our brain and to our thoughts. Only you know what is optimal discomfort. Pushing yourself but not too far. it is when we are comfortable that we rust. So if you are feeling stuck challenge yourself. It doesn't matter how just start and do a little bit more every day of anything you want more of. Realize this is already happening. If you practice eating to much you get fat if you practice thinking negatively you will grow negativity in your brain.
Own your life. Resist the temptation to push yourself too hard so that you will crash and not be able to continue. Ride this wave. get out of your comfort zone and play the slow game. it is about the process not the destination. Time will increase the difficulty as you move forward in it.
Return to nature. Connect with the subtle art of discomfort- get cold- get hungry- get sore- breath and hold your breath just not for too long or too much. How much only you know., Being honest with your self about what you can and can not do is up to you. You can find out through trial and error. It is never too late. I spent most of my life being comfortable, I got rusty and it got boring. The game is to see what you can do. Do your best. find out what you are made of of. Do all this for yourself. Do it naturally and resist the urge to cheat... The game is against yourself so cheating will not help you.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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