Thoughts on delicious pi
Happy Pi day!
Thank you to that wonderful mathematical constant for all its continued awesomeness.
And YAY mathematics!
Honest confession time:
I don't really like pie (except pumpkin pie - I love me some pumpkin pie).
I especially dislike apple pie.
I try every apple pie that I can to determine why, but nope. Still don't. Shudder.
Whether pie is or is not your thing, and whether you appreciate that marvelous constant pi or not, we can all learn to work with a little more comfort and constancy. Because let's face it, humans are creatures of habit.
We like predictable and familiar and expected (or at least I certainly do!).
This can be frustrating when we live in an ever-changing, evolving and chaotic society (or if you are a parent of small children).
That's because each of us goes through life with a comfort zone.
We are each born with a temperament that is best suited to certain conditions.
Think of your best self.
Imagine you are feeling lovely - what are you doing, what is the temperature, sounds, smells, experiences like in this state?
That's your ideal comfort zone - like your favourite pie.
If we could make that a constant state, wouldn't life be so much more wonderful?
If we strive to re-create those boundaries, we will likely end up shutting out new opportunities and stay stagnant. This drive for comfort and constant can be used to our advantage if we re-frame it a little.
If we redefine our comfort zone as an ever-expanding area rather than a fixed state, we can make room to include the growth process in the edges of the area.
When we go to the edges of our comfort zone, we find a vague uneasiness - a resistance to change. If we go farther out, it can feel like a threat.
Our goal is to increase our tolerance at the edges in the uneasy parts and push the boundaries of our comfort zone to minimize the threats.
In our sessions, when we get to the path development stage, we work to create a series of micro-habits that work with your comfort levels to increase the tolerance for growth.
We work with tiny changes to our daily lives that allow us to safely experience growth with minimal discomfort.
These habits are so small, that you don't need a heap of motivation to complete them.
The act of completing them gives you a gold star and you feel rewarded.
This increases the likelihood of continuing and soon, like brushing your teeth, it becomes second nature.
Over time, these small changes can show us that we are capable of bigger changes and that growth isn't all that scary.
When we allow ourselves to explore our comfort zone and expand our constant zone, we grow powerfully.
How are you going to celebrate your powerful self today?
I looked in my cupboard to find that we are out of pumpkin, but we could always do some math!
Wishing you a beautiful Pi day,
Tea-loving awesomeness. Challenging perfectionism.