Courage to Heal: Cultivating Your Bravery Muscle May 16, 2014 • 2 Comments As a traveler on the healing path, I am really beginning to understand how easy, yet ultimately more difficult, it is to move away from discomfort. Pain is not something we are taught to explore or embrace and we have become incredibly adept at avoiding it by pushing it as far away as possible, numbing it with drugs and alcohol, or smothering it in food. Which is a shame, because our pain is the key that will unlock the door to freedom. And if pain is the key, bravery is the oil that will enable it to turn smoothly in the lock. Here is one of the most powerful courage-cultivating agents I have found: start doing the things you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt was sharing some very deep wisdom when she voiced this sentiment. Doing things we believe we are incapable of graces us with a certain kind of personal super-power, which is exactly what we need to heal a shattered heart. Fertile ground exists in the space between I-can’t-it’s-too-difficult and Oh-my-god-I did-it. It is ripe with uncertainty, and change is exponentially more possible in the presence of uncertainty. Summoning our bravery muscle to do the seemingly impossible can yield incredible results. Take this juice cleanse I am doing. I promise I won’t spend the next three weeks boring you with every insight or detail, but for today just bear with me. A cleanse is something I have rejected over and over again because I thought it was too hard and I just didn’t have the willpower. But here I am doing it and there is a beautiful momentum building as each day goes by. It was the same with launching this blog. Tweeting my first tweet. Singing in front of a large audience. These were all things I told myself I couldn’t do. When we flex our courage, over and over, we grant ourselves permission to partake in one of the most noble acts on the planet: we heal. Healing is an expression of self-reverence that generates the uncontainable energy of love, which then spills out into the universe in a multitude of ways. We need to do this because everything good comes from love. The planet, especially humanity, could use more love right now. Step into the space of uncertainty and quietly stand there in awe and wonder for a while. What is possible here that is not imaginable over in the space of: I can’t, it’s too difficult? I invite you to start your own practice of doing things you believe are beyond your capacity. Stretch into that space, practice saying I can do this and see where it leads. I would love to hear about the super power you discover. May you always be well loved and fearlessly brave. -db Who is Dianna Bonny? Hi, my name is Dianna Bonny. It’s my mission to candidly share my journey with you. For me, it’s all about the healing: to create a radiant healing energy for others who have befallen a similar fate. Together, we can forge beautiful lives of belonging and connection. Thanks for joining me today! I look forward to hearing from you.