July 08, 2018 Anna Judd


It was my first art teacher, a beautiful, wild woman always covered in clay-dust and smelling like sage, who I confessed to.

 

“I want to be an artist,” the twelve year-old me said.

 

She hovered over the potter’s wheel, centering a wet lump of clay that would one day be my new toothbrush holder, chuckling. “Well, start getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. It will be a lot easier if you master that first.”

 

I’m not sure why this response was so invigorating to the pubescent me, but it ignited me in a way I’d never felt.

 

This mantra—Be comfortable with being uncomfortable—has enriched my life more than you can imagine, and has allowed for things that would be impossible without it’s gentle guidance.

 

Because, here’s the thing: Discomfort is a given in life. People will make you uncomfortable, activities will make you uncomfortable, circumstances will make you uncomfortable. If you practice bending your mind to make yourself comfortable in uncomfortable situations.

 

Yoga is a great way to practice this, and in truth, I think it’s the whole point. It is said that a pose doesn’t even begin until you want to get out of it, until you are uncomfortable. It isn’t only your body that must become more flexible and supple to hold the pose. Your mind must become flexible as well.

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