When to Avoid Discomfort and When to Reach New Levels of Comfort

In the book Cooked, by Michael Pollan, there is a chapter on fermented foods. They have become a part of my diet, but it wasn’t always that way. One reason is that it wasn’t part of the normal food that my family ate when I was growing up.

Human beings have a strong reaction to fermented our soured foods, our natural instinct is to avoid them, and it is through our culturization that we ingest them because we are told it is good for us. With regular ingestion we introduce healthy bacteria that strengthen our immune systems. We know this now through science, but the practice has been around for centuries. How did our anscestors know?

I’m using fermented foods as an analogy for the things we aviod, but are actually good for us, exactly what we need to do to grow.  Maybe it’s asking for a raise, or asking your partner to improve your commmunication skills toghether. Staying in the same place will bring you comfort, but it will not bring you growth.

I believe we are all meant to grow, and we are all on our own schedules, when the time is right, nothing can stop you from setting a new standard and acieving a higher level of wellness and wholeness. When is the right time? Maybe you could ask your grandparents, they have a “knowing” that only comes from experience.