Nature`s Wisdom: Out of Our Comfort Zone

 

Out of our Comfort Zone (1)-min

Another year has come and is almost gone. Before turning the page and moving forward, I always take some time to reflect back on the past year and see what has been part of my process. I take stock of what has come into my life, what has gone, what has grown, what has transformed and how this has made me into who I am today.

This past year was about stepping out of my comfort zone and it`s only the beginning.

Many of us are being asked to grow, to stretch and to move out of our comfort zone and jump into the unknown. What seems to be an empty handed leap into a void can be very daunting to say the least.

Mother Nature can help us to navigate through those steps that bring us to the next level of ourselves. Nature has learned to transform itself and accept the changes that are showing up and taking place daily.

What can we learn from Nature`s Wisdom about stepping out of our comfort zone?

Nature does not define growth, it allows it. It doesn’t get stuck in the emotions, it doesn’t let the fears, and judgment, the shame and mental chatter define it. It allows things to take place in each step of the cycle.

Nature teaches us that being present is about being Present in our Being, not just being present in the moment.

Each step in the cycle needs to be lived, and needs to be allowed.  It’s our willingness and permitting that can help us to grow, live and thrive.

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These are all photos of the same place taken at different stages of the cycle. – Death and decay

Here is the cycle to help us get out of our comfort zone outlined by 5 steps.  This is how we can learn from nature`s cycle to help us get out of our comfort zone.

  1. Death/Rest

    • The cycle where we learn to let go and allow for the space to empty in our lives. This is where we clear away parts of ourselves that are no longer serving us.
  2. Decay/decomposition

    • This is the stage where we question our choices and we start
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      Gestation- fertilization

      seeing everything fall apart and we see what we have worked so hard to achieve fall apart.

  3. Fertilization/sustaining

    • The stage where we see hope or an idea come from what has fallen apart, a seed is planted and has the possibilities of something more.
  4. Gestation/development

    • The idea takes shape and grows yet is unseen by others.

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      Growth stage

  5. Rebirth/growth

    • This is where all the hard work starts being visible and seen by others.

These steps are not always what we humans perceive as positive but they are necessary to nature’s survival, growth and adaptability. Nature allows the necessary time for each and every step of this cycle to take place. It doesn’t rush through any of these.

Taking examples from Mother Nature can help us to grow and stretch so that we can become a contributing part of the whole. This is how Nature has survived, lived and thrived. Why would we think that we can do it differently or that we can jump steps?

Allowing ourselves to grow, stretch and move forward means that we must go through this same cycle. Being out of our comfort zone means that we must give ourselves the permission to benefit from each and every step of the cycle. The willingness to allow the process to take shape is necessary for any growth to happen.

So, as you go through your own growth patterns, remember to allow each step to take place, to occur and be acknowledged and recognized. This will support you in the knowledge that you are in a growth process even when it doesn’t look like it.

I hope Nature`s Wisdom will support you during this holiday season since I know not all of us have the good fortune to be surrounded by loving family and friends.

I wish you all a great leap out of your comfort zone so that you can grow, exactly like Nature.

If you want to hear more on this subject about getting out of your comfort zone, click here.


 

10857851_893486687329590_1369388599640805777_n (1)-min This meme was taken from a post by Debra Oakland on Facebook, she shared from Susan Winter`s post.  It fits right into this week`s post.

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6 Responses

  1. Nicole Levac says:

    You are most welcomed Jane!

  2. Jane Travis says:

    Such an interesting way to look at change, but I agree, with change we have to step out of our comfort zone and give ourselves time to adapt. Thank you

  3. Nicole Levac says:

    Thank you Sylvie, Glad it got you going on the right foot 🙂

  4. sylvie says:

    Good start to the day – 🙂

  5. Nicole Levac says:

    Thank you Cynthia, Glad this resonated with you!

  6. Awesome post as always Nicole!!!!!!!!!! Appreciate you my great friend!!!!

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