How Good Can I Stand It?
Brene Brown speaks about a natural discomfort we have with joy. Anticipating its demise, we hold back from experiencing its fullness. We’re nervous, also, because many of us live with a happiness ceiling - a threshold learned early in life that limits our capacity for happiness and joy.
As life becomes richer for me, I am noticing that ceiling - an inner pushback to the happiness that is growing within me. The noticing is a gift. It leads me toward healing practices.
I breathe deeply into the uneasiness I feel in my belly. I speak gently to myself – acknowledging the threshold and its anxious warning, reminding myself that it’s just a carry over from old protective strategies, no longer relevant. Ever more clearly, I see this discomfort an indicator of growth, not danger. I soften and smile and welcome my movement into new territory. It’s delicious stretch.
The challenging question, now, is not how much adversity and suffering can I handle, but rather, how much happiness, joy, peace, contentment and gratitude can I make room for.
How good can I stand it?