Growth happens outside your comfort zone

“Just when the caterpillar thought it’s life was over, it became a butterfly.”

Butterflies have been following me everywhere for just about two months now. And now, this gorgeous Monarch butterfly is keeping me company on the front porch. 

I’ve been so uncomfortable for the past few months, with lots of uncertainty and transition. I take comfort in that discomfort, knowing that growth happens outside of my comfort zone. I take the butterflies as a sign of reassurance and guidance from the universe that I am on the right path. I can feel the shift and transformation in myself each day. It’s nice to know the butterflies have my back and I am supported. It’s a little easier to trust when I relax into it. 

I use my yoga practice to pay attention to those transitions. Not solely focusing on the pose, but noticing the movements from pose to pose, mindfully aware of how I move between the breath. Extending that into my life with gratitude and self-compassion, I better handle these uncomfortable times of transition.

It’s comforting to know that my life is happening now. It won’t start when this happens or that happens. It’s already happening. I can breathe with my now and be present for my life—or wait to get to the next thing and miss it.

I could spend my lifetime waiting to live and never live a day in my life.

I choose to live now—to be with the discomfort and be present for each transition.

It’s such a gift to be alive. I’m grateful to be here, with all that comes.