Comfortably numb

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
Albert Einstein

Change can bring discomfort. We tend to stay paralyzed in situations, comfortably numb. It may not be pleasant, but we know how it works and what to expect and we have reasons (excuses) for it all.  

Why don’t we change? We fear change because of the discomfort that we feel may come with it, we fear Fear – the possibility of pain in the future. We feel change may mean giving something up, and we are not sure if we can handle the success that change can bring.

You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Fear is ego-driven and we make our Ego our friend as avoidance. We can identify and label the emotions and look at what’s beneath them. We can feel fear in a situation, beneath this may be anger, beneath this may be sadness. You can accept the emotions you usually avoid to embrace the parts of you that have felt rejected.

It doesn’t matter where the anger/hurt/sadness came from; we are feeling an emotion and we have labelled it as part of what we are now experiencing. Often the immediate situation is only a scenario in our lives to show us these emotions and to offer us a chance to change.

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

You have to get comfortable with being physically uncomfortable as well. When we run fast(er) we can feel fear, as our legs may hurt and it’s getting harder to breathe and our pace is beyond what we are used to.  You have to push yourself past the pain in your legs and lungs as you run. It is not normal to hurt and we want to slow down, every part of us is telling us to slow down!

But here again is the Fear, and it is our mind telling us these things. We can allow our body some pain, we can work through and past this. We can look ahead and keep our head up and breathe and go a little bit faster for a little bit longer.  

Who would we be if we were willing to change?


11 thoughts on “Comfortably numb

  1. 50 min is a great run. Nothing to sneeze at there! I think we need to scare ourselves a little to know what we are capable of. If we are not willing to try, we also won’t be willing to succeed. (Or live fully!)

      • The hospital where I work is planning a 5k and 5 miler in a few weeks. The summer heat is coming on soon, I imagine. I’m reading Chi Marathon now. My daughter wants to run her first half marathon with me sometime; I’m wondering if the fall will be best. Perhaps after reading how to run efficiently and injury free, I should consider my first marathon! ( :

  2. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

    I also recall that you know Who sent both the flood and the iceberg …

  3. This is the second time this week I have run into this topic. The first time was on Dr. Mona Lisa’s show on Hay House Radio. She was talking about periphial nerve numbness and how that is caused by emotional numbness.

    You also bring up the metaphor of a runner. I ran cross country and track when I was in high school so I can relate to the information about pushing the body. I suffered from asthma back then so I probably pushed myself too far out of my comfort zone.

    • Thanks for stopping by. Maybe emotional numbness is a theme we have going this week? Certainly it can manifest itself physically – what easier way to draw attention to something than through physical pain? Comfortably Numb is also the title of a Pink Floyd song. 😉

      Pushing ourselves physically definitely demands balance. Being aware of what your body is capable of is important. Being ‘afraid’ of what your body is doing is a little different.

  4. One of the joys I get from running is pushing myself past my comfort zone. After completing my first 10 mile race recently, I’ve set some new goals for myself which include going hard during my 2-3 mile runs, leaving it all out there. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Hi CJ!
      This is great. Sometimes you need a little motivation to push you out of your comfort zone. But going a little bit harder (or just ‘hard’ –who are we kidding? as runner it’s only run and run hard), really helps improve your speed overall. Your times will slowly drop if you can keep this up.
      Remember that even slow progress is progress.
      Let me know how it goes!

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