Last night, something bit me.
I was just sitting working on my computer, minding my own business, and that’s when it happened.
It was super uncomfortable.
At first, I wasn’t aware it had happened so I was unconsciously scratching it (which, of course, made it worse). Then I became conscious that something had happened and it became really uncomfortable. Every part of me wanted to make it feel better.
When we are tackling things in our life, especially the deeper issues, sometimes (mostly always) discomfort arises. When this happens, our tendency is to go running in the opposite direction, or to do anything to make the discomfort stop.
But, let’s get something straight.
Resisting discomfort that is already happening in your experience does not make it go away.
Stuffed or avoided discomfort has this uncanny way of resurfacing. What you resist persists. But, that doesn’t mean you need to be suffering either.
Last night, I was slightly freaked out about what was happening because I wasn’t aware it was a bite, at first. (Was it hives? Am I having an allergic reaction? What the heck?)
So, the event had an element of the unknown to it (which is often one of our scariest triggers). I put some salve on the area.
And then I went back to what I was doing and was super uncomfortable…
Until I wasn’t.
The sensations passed. Eventually, with just the salve application, the swelling and discomfort went away and I saw the simple bite.
When we become more conscious of what is causing our discomfort, we can deal with it the best we know how. But, ultimately, there is still some level of surrender to the process, because we can’t make things magically go away and ignoring them isn’t necessarily going to help either.
When I surrendered to the discomfort, I stopped fighting against it and stopped suffering. Because of that, it resolved (with the help of the salve).
So, yes…a combo of what I call “real world” solutions and “perception” solutions.
Both are necessary to move us through discomfort. And ultimately, surrendering to the process is a major key to transformation.