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Discomfort as a Messenger

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Cass Carlopio
Sleep Expert, Psychologist & Meditation
Most people do their best to avoid discomfort and this creates more challenges down the line. This session invites the listener to shift perspective on discomfort, using the Rumi poem The Guest House, to find the wisdom in discomfort.
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Jill
Discomfort
We, as humans, have a tendency to stop discomfort. Maybe it’s more of a way to genuine comfort. That’s just my humble opinion- genuine comfort is still foreign to me. However, I am listening and trying to trust. I think its a process that takes knowledge, awareness, honesty and a lifetime of learning. That’s a hard fix!
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Tammy
Discomfort as a messenger
This was a different way at looking at how negative emotions, feelings or pain are really messengers. They are simple ways of communicating with us. Instead of ignoring them we need to acknowledge them and look for deeper meaning.
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Lindsay
Open minded
We talk so much about being open minded and I always thought I was, when it comes to myself though i close doors before I even really know whats behind it bc it may be painful or stressful and im losing out on an opportunity to learn and grow. Im gonna try harder to open the door with love, compassion and enthusiasm for myself.
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Keeley
Stop and listen
Just gotta listen to your body, it knows what’s best for you. Same with feelings, really truly trust your gut. You may not understand why it’s telling you something but the fact that it’s telling you means something isn’t right or isn’t what you need.
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Markus
Her voice really made this for me and the info was awesome with shifting mindsets
Her voice really made this for me and the info was awesome with shifting mindsets
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Gina
I didn’t think that even the things that bug me can be a messenger normally I’d just hate it so much
I learned Not to bottle it up but to face it in a better manner may have trouble with that but I know this will always come to my head and I can tell my self “be a better you Gina, for you “
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Rye
Messenger
I learned that instead of pushing something away that you should invite it and hear what it has to say before you slam the door in its face.
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Jordyn
Discomfort
I learned that emotions and discomfort are a way of our bodies trying to tell us something
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Valerie
Headaches
I learned that headaches is an indication something is not right
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Madelie
Learn the message
Discomfort is linked to your subconscious telling you your preparation is not done yet. ...
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Cyndee
Inviting pain in😰figure it out 🤔
It’s true that I should listen to both my body and mind when I have physical or psychological pain. The pain is a indicator that something is wrong with the mind or body. If I only opt for the quick fix I’ll never get to the root of the problem or issue. I know this, so I should invite it in for a while and spend some time with it. The quick fix is temporary, but it sure feels like the way to go when I’m in any kind of serious pain. Sure, it’s okay, I have to do whatever I have to do sometimes, in order to get to a point that I can actually figure it out. And eventually I do. 💙🙏🌻
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Skye
All discomforts
I have a personal distrust in how others relate to my words so I have created a solemn silence when I feel my words may upset others. This creates so many mental and spiritual blockages for me that I have started to become numb to what I need in my life to be whole. This message has opened up an awareness to that feeling and I’m overjoyed ❤️
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Keiko
Discomfort as a Messenger
It was great to hear this idea of a human as more of a guest house, and our emotions as visitors. It’s easy to let in happiness, but discomfort and other difficult emotions are pushed out of our minds or ignored. I liked this coaching session as it made me think-next time, I am experiencing discomfort or difficulty, I need to invite it in-welcome it, and see what I can learn from it instead of avoiding or trying to push it away.
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Kate
Guest house
I realized that when I am feeling lonely, anxious, frustrated and other uncomfortable feelings, rather than deny their existence - there is incredible value in shifting my perspective to look at the reasons for those feelings. There is information to be learned that is highly valuable—and ideally will lead to greater understanding and peace.
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Linda
Guest House poem
I’ve been 70 for nearly a year now and have spent so much time telling anyone who’d listen all the woes that accompany old age. My poor friends and family!! Finally, today I decided to start figuring out what to do with the rest of my life instead of fussing. The Guest House metaphor is perfect - I can welcome the new wrinkles and memory lapses - maybe appreciating the work that went into developing the wrinkles and passing on the things I’ve learned before I forget them!
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Cyndee
Think deeper 💙🙏💙Heal from within
This is the 2nd time listening to this session and a reminder again that I should listen to my body. I should pay attention to the signs and warnings it gives me. There’s always something more I can do to improve unpleasant emotions or physical pain. Sticking a bandaid on it is just temporary! I can think deeper and resolve. Heal from within.💙
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Mary
Discomfort Presence
I learned that discomfort is an emotional message sent as an Invite in our guest house. Instead of shutting down on the value of the lesson welcome its existence learn and hear the valuable perception of self and shift its goodness into trust,peace,health and wealth with an understanding of hope in its supportive presence to fill oneself—
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~Kate~
Knock Knock
Another great reminder to practice what I preach. I get so overwhelmed with anxiety and sadness I forget to sit with it and be calm.
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Madison
Noticing Discomfort and Pain
Take a moment to listen to your discomfort and pain. We like to push these things away, when really we should give them the chance to teach us something.
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Kimya
Embracing the discomfort
I feel a great sense of heaviness, heavy anger and irritability with what I think is sadness and grief underneath. No point ignoring it as I know it’s relaying an important message. I feel like I am angry at the lack of attention from my parents lately, not that severely but it’s there and I want them to come visit at least. And I feel like last night things were triggered and brought up for me at the hang out. I feel heaviness towards Colin’s past actions again right now and am irritable too. (Probably partly due to my lack of sleep and my period) much love to myself, you’ve got this Kimya ❤️
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Marcelle
Confused
I’m trying to understand my feelings, but sometimes i see that i just pull them alway and i forget to stop a minute and talk with them, try to see why they are here. I think that maybe when i let them in, i will possibly know them better and they will not make me feel so discomfortable.
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Bara
Thank you!
A big thank you for this precious meditation! I will use this way of thinking for sure. 😇
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Elizabeth
Mindset
I realized that taking just a few minutes out of my day to calm down makes a big difference.
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Julieanne
“Life coach”
So, it asks me how I feel every day as today i said I couldn’t sleep. My session was about how we need to embrace pain because pain is a “message from beyond” what?!
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A
Accepted the message
I had a headache today just as in this example. I could feel the tension in my neck. I was dehydrated. I was in a stressful situation. At one point I got up to take care of myself for a few minutes. Keeping the glass of water nearby, eating healthy foods, and taking a minute to breathe deeply really do help. The situation has passed, but it’ll return. I feel prepared to handle it.
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Jordan
Discomfort
Certainly an interesting take on discomfort and suffering. Instead of ignoring or pushing away undesirable situations, we should welcome them and try to learn from them. I liked the use of the poem in this meditation. The idea that our bodies are guest houses for various guests (our emotions and experiences) is quite nice.
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Margaret
Ibuprofen
I had a headache so I took ibuprofen and everything was good 😁
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Amber
Yes.
It’s come to my attention recently that my depression and the state of my house is linked. Things get cluttered and my kids have picked up on what seems like lazy habits, but are really symptoms. I told them the other day - when they wanted to play elsewhere but their room was a disaster - that we need to live in the space we’ve cultivated and look right at the problem and face it instead of skirting around it. Find the issue, learn from it, fix the issue. I’ve also found a lot of joy in life after pushing through discomfort zones. Comfort is essential to good mental health. But so is discomfort
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Mekel
Unlearning a bad habit
All my life I’ve had learned to avoid and ignore the discomfort feelings that I encounter on a day to day just to keep up with this “I’m strong, nothing bothers me” persona. It became draining in the form of stress and mental clog.... listening to this was confirmation that I need to be much more attentive to the things I feel and that’s it’s ok to be vulnerable to my feelings/discomforts
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Anita
I felt an aha moment & was overall excited by prospect of bad feelings.
I learned that welcoming all the feelings, good and bad, and working thru them is the greater well-being for me, especially for the bad which is informing me of something important or clearing me out for something better.
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Tiffany
Recovery
For much of my life, I would numb myself so I wouldn’t feel strong feelings. I would also ignore the cues my feelings were giving me. As I live in recovery I am learning to honor my feelings, listen to my thoughts and feel my body. There are still moments when feelings are overwhelming. So I put them in my container. As I get used to living with feelings the less I put in my container.
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Malachi
Pain
I never thought of pain as a way to guide yourself I always saw it as a way to get rid of everything
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Kamryn
Bad isn’t bad.
I learned that bad feelings and emotions aren’t all bad but a message telling you something is wrong and how to fix it. The headache example really shed light on the situation.
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Katie
I felt I should give people another chance and not
just write them off because we all have feelings, and A lot of other people might feel the same way we do.
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nana
yourself
at the end of the day, i once again was reminded by reality that we only have ourselves in the long run. and tht attachments create pain bcos where there is atrachment, there is hope placed.
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laniecia
Episode
little stressers are episodes. they are short and will past. If we continue longing over this episode, It becomes a season. Then you are just binge watching this episode and causing a worst season.
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Kadence
I disagree...
I think there is a valid point here, but I don’t really understand the way the speaker explained it. I learned that we need to not just push away discomfort, but also analyze it. I disagree with the idea that we have to experienced he discomfort in order to understand it though.
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gaby
loved this
pain and discomfort are messengers and that they can be pushed away but it doesn’t help us to push them away...
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Alexander
Discomfort
My tendency is to run away from discomfort, to fray away from giving back, when all I have to do is show up.
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Matthew
Don’t cover up or ignore...embrace and confront!
I liked the use of the Rumi poem as a basis for this teaching. I typically think of Rumi‘s work from the romantic, or even sexual side, but it fits this idea perfectly well! I’ve never been one to rush to medication at the first inkling of pain or discomfort, but I wonder now what cues and clues I may have missed through the years which may have led to my massive stroke! I have learned that sleep apnea can cause stresses on the body which lead to stroke, and I did have one failed sleep study for apnea years back which was basically ignored by my physician at the time...maybe this was a factor? Maybe my stroke could have been avoided with better care/better diligence on the part of that doctor then?¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Alexander
welcome discomfort
welcome all thoughts and feelings in the guesthouse of awareness, maybe it is a signal from our bodies
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Cely
Discomfort
Discomfort is part of living. Shifting focus cannhelp recenter or identify the distress it causes
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Gris
Discomfort
We need to feel ir un order to know where to heal, our own body is telling un where to start
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abby
its okay not to be okay.
it's okay for me to breathe and take time to be uncomfortable. it's important not to focus on making it go away, but to focus on why it's there in the first place, and better myself at the root of the issue.
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Susan
Discomfort As A Messenger
Do not avoid discomfort. Everthing is here to teach you something. Be aware. Open your heart and your eyes. Listen. Learn. You will be better for it....
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Giselle
It's okay to not be okay
To look inward and listen to your body and yourself. Embrace the discomfort.
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Walter J
Learning...
Last weekend I learned at my Conceptology class that there are two Natural motivators of all human action: Seeking Pleasure & Avoiding Pain. We eat to avoid hunger pains & we can eat to gain pleasure. But in either case if we eat too much, we will feel ...pain. Pain is the lawful result of prior actions. By acting within the Natural Laws of the Body, Mind & Soul we reduce our pain. Acting outside these laws brings pain. So pain is just an indicator we are not Lawfully aligned. This supports what I got out of this session. We need to learn to not ignore pain or disguise it with drugs, but to seek what information it is bringing us. W What can I learn from this? Why is this in my life Now? Observe it for what it is - a Great teacher and learn from it how to make better choices for the future. ❤️☮️🍀
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Hannah
Musings
I realized through this meditation that I do typically respond to emotional and physical pain and discomfort by avoiding them, by doing whatever seems quickest to silence them, without asking those feelings and emotions what they are trying to communicate to me. I would like to be more aware of my emotions and listening to them. That way, I can have a more healthy lifestyle.
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Avery
Invite them in
I learned that inviting the headache isn’t “asking for pain” it’s you trying to forgive out the source of the pain and fix it and listen to your body
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Avery
Put it away
Just put the bottles of pain killers and Advil and Benadryl away. There are always other ways to relieving pain than doing it medically. You can use and ice pack or a hot pack. You can hydrate or just simply take a nap. But taking the bus son killers won’t help!
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Deb
Grateful
I was reminded that I need to be open to the lessons each moment of every day brings.
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Amber
Listening to the uncomfortable feelings.
I am full of sadness, hurt and anger. What is it that I have to learn? The uncomfortable feelings are so unbelievable overwhelming. What of the lesson comes too late?
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Jack
Waves of Sleep
I found it quite comforting and helped me to relax. I did not use it to get to sleep.
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Krissella
Noticed
I have never thought of something so simple as a headache as my body’s way of telling me it needs. But hey that’s exactly what it is, right?! I understand the message of life, learn learn learn. Learn to take care of yourself. And others. Learn to be kind, learn new skills, experience new things. Learn all you can each experience is a message.
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Pavan
How I feel this morning
This morning I feel a swarm of negative and agitating thoughts that I can’t get off of my head. I have a headache and am feeling light headed. I got some ashwagandha capsules today so I am excited to give them a try!
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Debb
Discomfort
Isabelle and Kathy, I think you both will want to add this to your lists of things to listen to. Its a coaching session instead of a meditation. It’s short and profound with the inclusion of the Rumi poem, going along the same vein as what we were discussing earlier! I listened to it before settling in for some writing. This is 3 meditations today about befriending those uncomfortable emotions or feelings. 💫♥️🙏♥️💫
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Marie
Needs to be fixed
The audio kept messing up was a pity too because she was saying important stuff
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Jocelyn
loved it.
My favorite part was when it was started that all these things are coming through your "house and wiping out your furniture" it could be making room for exiting things. I love that because I have a tendency to get out of discomfort inside of trying to figure out why I'm in this position. I might try and learn from my discomfort more and invite it in to my life.
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Abdullahi
happiness
happiness comes within inner self. The more you keep thinking the more worried you are going to be.
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Magdalina
let discomfort in
its okay to not be okay. its okay to feel uncomfortable, everyone does at some point.
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Sharmain
Wonderful
As the Bible said, “our body is wonderfully made,” that it has its own way of communicating with us whenever something unusual is happening. But it is us who sometimes choose to deliberately ignore these messages because we think we are smarter than our Creator. Thank you for this reminder ❤️
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Zephania
Comfortable
Discomfort is my messanger. And I will welcome him to give me my message.
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Charlie
Needed message right now
It’s hard to recognize the message in painful experiences, but it helps so much to accept difficulties as they arise. I’ve listened to this a few times when I need the reminder.
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Freddy
Focus
I like to listen to the woman's saying, it's make me feel myself.
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Ella
April 30th
I learned that we should accept discomfort into our lifes instead of trying to ignore it in order to learn from whatever mistakes caused our discomfort and thus fix our underlying issues
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Jose
Discomfort as a Messenger
This was a great meditation with a very interesting twist in regards to discomfort.
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Jose
Discomfort as a messenger
I learned how discomforting feelings make us know that we need to make things right
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Anne
I really do push away discomfort. I eat foods to comfort myself and thereby create more discomfort.
Maybe I can pay attention a little more. I had an angry breakdown yesterday and released some tension. Maybe that will help me today.
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Suz
Discomfort as a messenger
I found it useful because all too often I push away feelings of hurt and anger. I am too frightened to hear the messenger. I will try and hear the message. It may not be scary, it is there for a reason.
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Noelys
Isolated
I’ve been feeling isolated from everyone lately. It’s as if I don’t belong really and this has caused an uneasy feeling and discomfort. I don’t feel comfortable anywhere or with anyone. But I hope this will just be an experience for what’s to come
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Tara
A new way of looking at symptoms
When I was first diagnosed with ME/CFS I took an online pacing course. During class discussions one woman said she had learned to listen to what she called “Body Whispers”, ie subtle symptoms and changes in her body. I always remembered that phrase and believe it is the key to getting better. It works both ways; whispers that tell us we have over done it and subtle changes that show us we are improving. Sign posts along the road to wellness. 🌸🌷🌸
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Julie
Emotions as a messenger
Cassandra does an excellent job of explaining the importance of greeting difficult feelings, letting them in , and listening to what they maybe telling us. This content goes hand in hand with listening to your body and mind to stay in good health.
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Laura
Emotion
We can notice, experience and even investigate emotions without drowning in them.
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Leah
Figure out the underlying issues causing anxiety instead of masking it with a temporary fix
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Rich
Low Tide
This is very thought provoking. I am not sure I believe there is a message behind everything - perhaps it just simply is. I will admit this has been a challenging time for me and I feel like I am at an emotional and intellectual “low tide” at the moment, so I will need to revisit this one in the future when I can consider it from another perspective. Perhaps I will be able to understand then. In the meantime I’ll keep going.
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Kat
Discomfort as Messenger
Learning what my headaches have to teach me has been an ongoing process for quite some time. I have had to start on letting them in to teach me their lessons because to do as Cassandra mentioned and simply taking that Ibuprofen to make it go away is dangerous. Learning the lessons is the only way to find true healing. Scary as it is to experience in the moment.
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Ashley
Discomfort
I learned that I need to embrace discomfort more and see what those discomforts are trying to communicate with me.
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Linda
Good point
I really tend to want to get rid of any discomfort as soon as possible. I will try to acknowledge it more to see what it is trying to tell me.
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Catherine
I understand how physical pain or discomfort is your body sending messages. But wonder how to
Embrace emotional pain. And how to benefit from being in that pain. I so try to distract myself and go else wherein my head. May not be best.
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Laura
Discomfort as a messenger
I learned to look at all “negative feelings” and invite them in and see what they can tell us about ourselves in that moment that we are experiencing them. They can be the key to unlocking knowledge about ourselves.
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Cherish
House of Awareness
In this Life Coaching session, Cassandra guides us through an interesting poem from Rumi and then explains how discomfort can actually teach us valuable lessons if we take the time to greet, welcome and honor by seeing what this discomfort may be telling us. It is true that most of us tend to want to run away or ‘plow through’ whatever may be bothering us ( i.e., pain, sadness). However, doing these things, we can lose valuable insight on what these may be trying to convey to us. Instead of running away or plowing through, Cassandra tells us that perhaps we need to change our perspective in regards to discomfort. Our house of awareness will be enlightened if we can learn to greet discomfort at the door, welcome it and allow it to stay with us for a time. Indeed, the messages that discomfort convey to us may make us grow into wiser spirits. We just need to have the curiosity, the patience and mostly, the courage to listen.
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Agustín
26 Nov
Remember to also honour the discomfort. Take a step back before reacting, it’s trying to tell you something. Allow yourself to hear it. Or just calmly put the question out in your head. Have faith that the answer might arrive in some sort of way when you need it.
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Jenny
The Guest House
Illuminating poem by Rumi. In the face of difficult challenges, the natural reaction will either be fight or flight. Rumi offers another approach: welcoming all that comes - be it happy, painful, sorrowful. I have learned that everything I encounter has a purpose, a lesson for me to discern and understand. Sometimes the lesson is not clear and will take years to unfold. But the lesson is there, waiting to unfold and be embraced.
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Matthew
Discomfort Again
After getting Aura to actually load this morning (no small feat it seems these days), I was served this track a second time. Couldn't tell you what it was I last listened to it, as my reflection is there but the developers have taken away the date/time notation away from the reflections now. Anyway, I chose to listen again because... having major anxiety and discomfort
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Shar
Perspective
This session gave an awesome perspective on discomfort. I gained another way to open and listen to myself as well as a means to determine the message being communicated. Thank you!
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John
Great talk
A similar experience is when I delay hosting a difficult meeting at work. it is not good and the issue doesn't go away. By immediately setting up a meeting I face the issue and feel great after.
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Megan
Flashing red light
I should know by now that my discomfort is a message to myself. I need to start listening to that message on a regular basis.
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Heather
Discomfort as a messenger
I love this poem. As a headache sufferer I can easily identify with wanting to quickly shut the door.
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Tricia
Peoplle-pleasing anyone?
I often shut down any attempt of my body to signal discomfort, as to it is so much harder then to get myself together and refocus on any other thing. Some signals have resided in my body for such a long time they are rather permanent visitors. There is no way I can ease them on my own and no amount of awareness shuts them down. But aside from pain of my body I am always aware of my emotions and follow the beads down to the root, like on a necklace. The root causes of emotions and actions are sometimes so disturbing, it always seems as if my inner child wants to get praise and appreciation. I caught myself two days ago how I was telling my mother how I am faring as a single mother and how I managed to double my income to be self-sufficient and she just said, 'It is rather good.' And I said to her, 'No, it is fantastic, don't you think?' I want to depend only on my own praise and appreciation, it just seems so hard sometimes. That was the thing I didn't get as a child, affection, attention, being heard, praised and appreciated. Now I go completely in overdrive wherever I am offered any of these and would donate a kidney to anyone, who shows these to me. I feel rather disgusted by my people-pleasing sometimes.
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Nicole
My brain just won’t stop it seems like every time I talk with my mom I feel worse I really
Don’t think she cares I think she thinks she cares but doesn’t have those feelings because her brain is ducked up . I think she wants to have those feelings of love towards me so she lies and makes herself believe she does but she doesn’t
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Steve
Timely
Man this session was timely for me. I’m dealing with a situation that is weighing on me and I go back and forth with whether or not I should talk to my wife about it or just let it rest. I need to talk about it, but I need perspective and a way to approach her from a place of love. I think I should share his message too, because I think we both need to hear if.
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Karen
I learned that
I learned a new perspective of discomfort. Being an individual who suffers a lot from headaches I learned how to see this as a sign or a message instead of pushing it off with and ibuprofen or any pain killers, next time I will be on the look out and deal with my discomfort differently.
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Kerry
My body is a messenger
This was good as it reminded me that my body is a messenger telling me what to do next to keep myself well, if I listen to my body, I will remain well
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Neiro
A new perspective
My immediate reaction to discomfort has never been to listen and explore the reason for its existence. The concept of discomfort as a messenger is very fitting. Messengers are tasked with delivering information, good or bad. Mail carriers do not visit your home if there is nothing to deliver. From this moment forward I will focus on looking at discomfort & comfort as messengers to analyze & understand their purpose.
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Lindsey
Guest house
I love this poem and read it often as a reminder to welcome even the bad. There is something to learn from everything and everyone. It might not be what we would like but by making this my mindset I have been able to find good in the worst of things. It has changed my life and I am so much happier.
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Liesel :)
Invite Discomort In
Discomfort can teach us a lot about ourselves and what we need at the present moment. It is essentially our body sending a message to us, and we need to listen to it. 5 stars, everyone should listen to this
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Sina
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I learned that I want to stick to the feeling of pain and anxiety in order to understand where it’s coming from
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Susan
Discomfort as a Messenger
When things get difficult, I try to remind myself - what is this teaching me. It really helps!
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Theresa
Discomfort
I could do with being with something instead of avoiding it.
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Lisa
I push all of my discomfort away
I think that I don’t want to acknowledge it and it’s just easier to ignore it.
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Karla
Discomfort as a messenger
I am learning to sit with discomfort. Discomfort is okay as long as I am not in immediate danger. Discomfort is where growth occurs. Outside our comfort zone is where growth occurs. I know I can do this. Thank you.
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Kensey
Discomfort
I cannot find comfort in other individuals. If a person complains about a mess, I cannot expect praise if I volunteer to clean it up. I cannot stop doing what I love so the pain and numb feet stop, I must fix the pain so I can do what I love without numb feet. Remain grounded. Even if others can’t see that I love myself, it doesn’t mean that I don’t love myself. Even if people say I like to make people feel sorry for me, that doesn’t mean my experience is not valid and true.
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Chelsea
Discomfort as a messenger
I really liked the change of perspective. It will be something I take on board
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William
Discomfort
Cassandra, fascinating! Discomfort and pain as signal to the mind door! Welcome, accept, and resolve! Thanks.
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Kendall
Valuable information by tuning in..
The guest house by Rumi is referenced in this meditation. Messages are our allies whether we find comfort in them or not. We should greet and welcome them all, even laugh them off. They all serve a purpose. We can tune in and see what they are trying to communicate to us. The headache example, something we also talked about in natural medicine. Messages from the body and mind are our allies.
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BumbleBrie
Thanks so much
...for this meditation. It talks on a poem (& I cannot really remember what poem it is; but I have had 2 brain injuries and I don’t really talk...) & how much pain is being shut off by your ibuprofen....REALLY good!
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Kim
Notice, identify, acknowledge
I learned to trust my instinct. To value the lessons learned interacting with what I identify as unwelcome or scary intrusions. What are my learnings....?
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Emma
Learning
It’s important not to get too down about uncomfortable feelings but learn from them
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Joyce
Pain speaks
No feeling is to be ignored. Pain’s lesson? I’m resilient, but not invincible. Namaste
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Haley
Pain is Temporary
Dealing with pain isn’t always the easiest especially when it comes to a lived one or pet passing away; we as humans need to learn that the pain we feel comes as fast as it can go away. Remember pain is temporary
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Sharon
I felt sad about the holidays I always seem to struggle more financially around this time and depressed
I learned that it’s ok if I am trying to move away from discomfort and find a way to embrace it
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Monique
Discomfort
I’ve allowed discomfort to take over my life in the form of crippling anxiety because I have chosen to live with it instead of learning what that discomfort means and where it comes from.
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Susan
Excellent
Excellent analogy presented here. The Rumi poem and the headache made complete sense and explained several things to me. This weekend is very uncomfortable for me as it marks the first anniversary of the death of my husband. I didn’t want the pain as a guest, but I will invite it in to see what exactly it needs anyway.
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Liesl
Discomfort as a Messenger
I’d like to interpret this as I believe it could relate to anxiety: the discomfort you feel when in a situation does not make that situation something to be avoided. If you listen to your discomfort and become, well, comfortable with it, then you’ll not only learn the root cause of your fear and be able to tackle it, but won’t be afraid of that situation anymore. The only reason to fear negative emotions is our response to them.
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Naomi
This is an Ancient Greek philosophy
They believe that each emotion comes to visit us for a reason & if we don’t learn the lesson or heed the advice they have come to give, they will simply keep returning.