Pushing Through Your Comfort Zone

Written by Barbara White


Our greatest growth in life comes from pushing through our present comfort zone. This process starts at birth. A baby feels safe, warm and secure in its motherís womb. However, to stay there much longer thanrepparttar gestation period would mean certain death for bothrepparttar 142100 mother and child. Life began for all of us as we leftrepparttar 142101 comfort and security ofrepparttar 142102 womb and facedrepparttar 142103 strange and unfamiliar world outside. Our first breath is often a painful experience, a cry of protest at temporary discomfort. Yet without this experience, our life would be fleetingly short.

Each milestone of growth and accomplishment for a young child involves leaving an existing comfort zone. The first crawl,repparttar 142104 first step, many new, first experiences all push fromrepparttar 142105 familiar intorepparttar 142106 unknown. Forrepparttar 142107 childrepparttar 142108 process of pushing through their area of comfort leads to increasing independence andrepparttar 142109 formation of their unique personality and character.

This foundational principle continues into adult life. In order to enrich our life, it is necessary to step out of our present comfort zone. Personal growth occurs when a person moves out of their area of comfort and intorepparttar 142110 unknown and challenge of a fresh experience. There is a stage of risk and discomfort before any significant growth in our life. For each of us there comes a point where we hold back and resist. It becomes easier to remain static and comfortable than to keep moving forward.

What holds us back?

Whenever we consider taking on a new project, or venture, or want to put ourselves out there, we feel fear. Fear is natural, and is to be expected. It is our bodyís way of letting us know we are moving out of our comfort zone. Fear can alert us to possible threats and dangers. However unlike our cave men predecessors, many ofrepparttar 142111 threats today are not life threatening. Fear can warn you and enable you to be more aware and cautious, but need not stop you progressing. If you want to move forward onrepparttar 142112 journey towards where you want to be, you will have to confront your fears. Unfortunately many people allow fear to stop them, and donít achieve their goals and aspirations.

Mindfulness and Poetry: Delicious Word Awareness

Written by Maya Talisman Frost


Everyone's a poet.

Of course, everyone's a critic, too! This means that there are plenty of opportunities to heighten our awareness of words and how we use them.

Words create pictures, and just as a painter uses a combination of colors and strokes to express a concept, we offer an artistic rendering of thoughts through carefully chosen words.

Our linguistic intelligence is what allows us to both recognize and generate vivid word vignettes. Whether you enjoy novels, biographies, mysteries, sonnets, haiku, song lyrics, conversations, soliloquies, or newspaper stories, you can develop greater word awareness by focusing on descriptive phrases.

In our everyday speech, we tend to speak in phrases and punctuate these with expressions, pauses, gestures, or laughter. Althoughrepparttar words themselves convey meaning,repparttar 142067 total picture we create is a combination of inflection, context, juxtaposition, and even eye contact.

Don't think you have your own personal poetry style? Think again. You use words in your own way, and it's likely that, given an assignment to express a particular concept, your version would have recognizable elements.

Try this test: describe a birthday cake.

There's a good chance that you would use words to expressrepparttar 142068 shape, flavor, color, decoration, ingredients, size, and presentation of a cake, and thatrepparttar 142069 precise way you do that would be unique when compared to others' descriptions. In addition, you're likely to come up with a different description if asked to do so a month from now.

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