Stretch into Growth and Stress Management

Woman Stretching in Bed with a Man Sleeping Beside HerIn The Time Warrior Steve Chandler quotes Shri Ravishankar Jee:

Sound when stretched is music.
Movement when stretched is dance.
Mind when stretched is meditation.
Life when stretched is celebration.

I like to live in my comfort zone. The only problem is, I can’t really experience growth in my comfort zone. I know that when I stretch outside my comfort zone, I grow. I also know that when I stay in my comfort zone and continue to do what I’ve been doing, this lack of stretching adds to stress.  I have a misguided idea that if I just stay still, wrapped in my cocoon, I will be safe. But after awhile, the cocoon feels like a prison and doesn’t feel safe at all. Lack of stretching also adds to stiffness and low flexibility. So when opportunities arise, I am not ready and not fit for the challenge. And I live in fear.  So here’s a challenge: Every morning when you wake up, STRETCH. Use the stretch as a metaphor for getting outside your comfort zone, into the zone of growth and creation. I start my day every day with a smile before I get out of bed. I’m going to add a nice long stretch to that, and see what happens.

2 thoughts on “Stretch into Growth and Stress Management

  1. I love this post Glenda. I do a large body stretch before I get out of bed; but can add a standing one when I get up too. I agree with your points about comfort zone and growth zone. But I also add- that being in our safe, resting, sort of wrapped up self-zone is also a stretch. I think of it this way- I used to feel I ALWAYS had to be DOING something to be productive. It is a stretch for me to stay still. It is a stretch for me to feel safe in rest. It is a stretch for me to know that sometimes growth happens when I am not “doing” at all. So just another perspective on this, but I love the stretch metaphor! Thanks for a great post, Elizabeth

  2. We all want to live in our comfort zone as it can greatly help us to minimize or even avoid stress. Stress is not an easy thing, it can ruin our daily activities. Somehow we can say it corresponds to our energy, the more stressed we are the weaker or the lower energy we may have.

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