Have you ever heard someone say “It hurts so good” ? What context was it in? Hopefully it wasn’t related to fireworks. That being said, I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.
When it hurts so Good vs When it hurts so bad
While most of the time we would rather not experience pain, (haters of Pigeon pose, I’m looking at you) staying present in discomfort can actually be good for us. The longer you stay present in something, the less scary it becomes. Pain is often more mental than physical.
Pushing past our comfort zone does not mean we need to go to extremes seeking sensation. We always have to be careful not to push ourselves to injury. To mindfully work through discomfort is good for us. Sometimes staying in that discomfort a little longer is where real change happens. We become familiar with a part of ourselves in a new way. This is where we grow. This is when it hurts so good. This is where the journey really begins.
Find Your Edge
Whether a yoga pose, a personal goal, or a situation in your life, I invite you to challenge yourself. Find the sweet spot where you have discomfort. Ease into it. Hang out for a while. Make friends with it, and sink a little deeper. Soon enough you’ll find yourself saying, “it hurts so good.”
Just thinking about the transitions through discomfort, please be kind to yourself. Even in the smallest ways. We know it’s hot in Austin. It’s going to be hot for, umm, forever. This hibiscus-mint sun tea is my Summer go to for refreshment. Make time for those little rewards for yourself, better yet, share them!
Have a great weekend!