A Box of Chocolates

I signed up to do a Blog hop; it is called No Rule Blog Tour.  Kathie's  blog is "Life is like a box of chocolates" . Yes it reminds me of the Forest Gump movie, which I loved.  Kathie's blog  has lots of variety, hence her creative blog name and this hop.  It also reminds me of our journeys, till we find the one that really seems to be the right fit. Yes, kind of like trying on shoes, you know the soul, sole... :D

I was going through a stack of magazines and books yesterday and found a book that struck a nerve.It is a yoga book, "Jourmey Into Power" by Baron Baptiste.  I opened it up at random: "Whenever you give anything positive attention-a flower, a child, your body-it blossoms."  He talks about stepping up to the edge; he defines edge as..."the boundary where we are and where we grow, the place of comfortable discomfort, where all growing and healing happens. He says it is subtle shifts, layers of peeling an onion, Sometimes your edge is learning to do less, to be more tolerant, more patient, more compassionate toward yourself...your intuition knows what you need."

Ego can get in the way and block out one's intuitive voice.  He mentions 8 principles for stepping up to the edge.  I will summarize them, pay attention, be in the now, growth is key, exceed yourself to find your Exceeding self, find the authenticity your buried inside, to heal you need to feel, think less, be more, we are the sum total of OUR reactions, don't try hard, try easy.  Yes, these are principles for the yoga practice, but you can see how these could work their way into our daily lives. When we try hard, isn't there a panic button feel or maybe anger has arrived. When we calm down a bit, we see things differently and try again, an easier approach is arrived. It is true for me~

He mentions how we all get lost in our inner comfort zone, same routine, same reaction. It is only when we come up against resistance, fear and fatigue that a break through for growth is possible.



“There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.” — Anaïs Nin
Most of us are familiar with this famous quote: 

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Anais Nin

Comments

Lady Gwen said…
I'm really fond of my comfort zone, hate rocking the boat. But I do like an adventure every once in a while :)
Yeah, I'm a creature of habit, but I guess the best things happen when I push beyond.
Creatissimo said…
Hi and hello! Have found your blog via 'No Rules Blog Tour'. Great thoughts in this post :)
Sherry Blue Sky said…
Very interesting read, Ellie and, as always, your photos are stunning!
Miz Helen said…
Hi Ella,
I am stopping by with Katies Blog Tour. I got lost in your beautiful photo's. Thank you for sharing your talent. Hope you are having a fun day!
floweringmama said…
I just used that last quote a few days ago when talking about grad school! I love that quote.
Amy said…
THanks for stopping by from Kathie's place.. It is also nice to me you.. Great powerful post.. Have a great night..
Wanda said…
OH how I know about clinging onto my comfort zone.
Lots to ponder...love the photos!
Bossy Betty said…
"Whenever you give anything positive attention-a flower, a child, your body-it blossoms."

Love that quote!
Carol Kilgore said…
Wonderful post. Sometimes it's really hard to push beyond our comfort zones. But it's often necessary. Most of us feel better after we've done so ... yet we still resist doing it again. Odd. I guess it's human nature.
Jules said…
Hi Ella! I'm visiting from Kathie's blog hop. I enjoyed reading this post and it's a great reminder that sometimes we really need to step out of our usual routine and push harder towards bigger goals. Thanks for posting this.
DEZMOND said…
I think we usually need an outside help in order to step out of our comfort zones. It's difficult doing it by ourselves.
tarunima said…
lovely post:)
thanks for sharing:)
Eileen said…
I asolutely love that quote. :) What a wonderful post ~ it can be so hard to move outside of your comfort zone sometimes. I'm visiting from Kathie's blog tour.
carma said…
"think less and be more" - those are my issues right there - thanks for stopping by as part of the blog tour :D