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Not at all. Not if they are prepared to seek their Uncomfort Zone.
This is not easy, as our western culture and lifestyle stress the seeking and maintaining of comfort. From the time of our birth to the time of our death our lives are geared towards comfort and the elimination of anything uncomfortable. Once inside our comfort zone we seem extremely reluctant to step outside it, even in small ways. (A quick aside: our personal “comfort” zone may actually be depressing, miserable, or unhealthy, yet somehow our undeveloped psyches tell us that this is where we are “comfortable.”)
By way of example of what I am writing here: Recently I was part of a conversation amongst a group of men and the topic of camping arose. I queried how much “camping” was involved if one towed a large caravan and took with them all the comforts of home, including TV, fridge, stove, and a warm, comfortable bed. I was met with remonstrations that “I like to feel comfortable,” or similar.
Sadly, such unwillingness to seek our Uncomfort Zone is all too prevalent within western culture.
Our Uncomfort Zone may not necessarily have to take us into extreme territory. The following simple physical acts may be enough to begin our exploration of Uncomfort and perhaps embolden us to go further:
· Step outside on a cold winters day and feel the chill against your cheeks, rather than remain inside and switch on the (fossil fuelled) heating system.
· Take off your comfortable (and comforting) footwear and walk around the block in bare feet. Feel the different sensations of differing terrain.
· Walk or bike the five kilometres to the local shops, rather than getting into a comfortable car and driving. Perhaps you will meet a neighbour, or hear birds singing in the trees.
· Camp overnight with just a tent, sleeping bag, and a simple cooker to heat your food. Maybe the stars will startle you, or perhaps you will hear an owl hoot.
When simple actions like this are undertaken it can be surprising what questions come to you. Questions about your own lifestyle, or perhaps broader questions relating to your place in the cosmos, or maybe questions related to the inter-connections of everything. These questions will be different for everyone.
These simple physical actions are just the beginning of our journey into our Uncomfort Zone. There is much much more to explore, farther to go, deeper into our Zone of Uncomfort. But, there is no need to rush, the zone will always be there.
And that is just the physical journey into a Zone of Uncomfort. How would we go about journeying into an emotional or spiritual Uncomfort Zone?