Thursday 01 August 2013 – Are you living?

One of the greatest gifts we can bestow upon ourselves when times of perceived difficulty fall upon us (some would say that we attract all circumstances in to our lives for particular reasons and necessities) is to be flexible in our approach to life. Routine is important for it breeds certainty and safety; and as humans we function better, with greater clarity, creativity and deeper problem solving abilities when we feel we are safe. So saftey and security, certainty and understanding are integral personal values and a necessary human need.  But living on the edge of our comfort zone, in to slight discomfort is doable and is crucial to our growth, personal and collective evolution. This state of being accompanied with the intent to ‘better our being’ is crucial in our own self development and enhancing our relationship to self. The revelation of deeper truths that present themselves here in this perfect space is where one can say they are truly living… SS.

Are you truly living…

Love and peace…

The Labyrinth of Life - Stef Sifandos

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4 Responses to Thursday 01 August 2013 – Are you living?

  1. Taryn Bairstow says:

    v relevant to my current conversations thankyou

  2. josephtotten says:

    “Routine is important for it breeds certainty and safety; and as humans we function better, with greater clarity, creativity and deeper problem solving abilities when we feel we are safe. ”

    sorry stef, but i disagree with you on most of this.

    yes, routine is important and it does breed a sense of certainty and safety. But do we really function better? do we really have more clarity and better problem solving abilities?

    I feel that we dont. You’ve heard the saying that necessity is the mother of invention. well, discomfort, or at least a sense of pending discomfort creates necessity. if we are constantly in a routine that has not external influence then there is no discomfort. if there is no discomfort then we do not see a necessity to change. it is only when we see a need for change do we recognise a problem.

    it is only when there is a problem do we problem-solve. when we have a fairly critical problem (either tight timing or high impact) do we truely look for creative solution. Clarity only comes with information, or at least the belief that you have the information you need to solve the problem.

    I agree with the sentiment of your article though.. we need to live in slight discomfort all the time and have the flexibility to operate both in extreme discomfort and full comfort from time to time. extreme discomfort truely pushes up to be better and full comfort allows us to relax and recover for the next bout of discomfort.

    thoughts?

    joe

    • Couldnt agree with you more Joe, I probably should of clarified further my position there… There are certain conditions and requirements in order for the statement: “Routine is important for it breeds certainty and safety; and as humans we function better, with greater clarity, creativity and deeper problem solving abilities when we feel we are safe” to be entirely or comprehensively true.

      Firstly, the individual must be self aware. They must understand themselves, their relationship to themselves and to their external world must be met with graciousness and ease of access. When there is unnecessary friction life is unnecessary difficult. Secondly, one must be emotionally intelligence in their daily interactions within and without (interactions with others). When we come from this space, we actually naturally and willing ‘challenge’ ourselves, our values, who we are, our beliefs, our thoughts, etc in an effortless manner to push towards evolution of self. It becomes natural and part of the norm to immerse in discomfort, for we intrinsically know the benefit it may bring in to our lives.

      So that safety comes in knowing that it is ok to be uncomfortable, or unsafe, for the individual understands life holistically and wholly… And actually welcomes ‘discomfort’ as a means to change and/or evolve for she/he knows it is part of being alive… The realm of polarity is understood in a way that facilitates growth and is not viewed negatively but rather inclusively…

      Hope that clarifies to some extent that statement… 🙂

      SS.

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