Parvati Magazine May 2014 - Feeling Alive - Page 8

YOGA OUT OF THE NEST Living Outside the Comfort Zone T o be fully alive, fully human and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” - Pema Chodron These days, I live my life completely out of my comfort zone. I take risks and face my fears every single day, yet this is the most alive and present I have ever felt. It started five years ago when my life took a downfall without a landing strip. Within a short time I moved back from a long span of living an expat life and trying to readjust, ended a mentally/emotionally abusive relationship that left me in a financial disarray, changed careers, and diagnosed with a health concern. As much as I tried to keep it together and stay strong, everything fell apart. I came undone. I was forced to surrender. I remember the moment when the plug was pulled and tears of shame, grief, sadness and feeling alone in the world poured out. I was in the midst of darkness. There was no way around the emotions. The only way was through.