Though it’s not talked about much, we all experience resistance and it’s a total inconvenience if we’re unconscious of it. If you don’t understand what is feels like, it feels like what we feel when we aren’t in the flow state, aka going with the flow. We might think we allow things to flow but most of the time, we avoid certain activities or situations because they don’t feel good in the moment, even if we know they’re good for us.
Think back to the last time you wanted to create your art. Were you able to walk over to your space with ease or were you met with a strong feeling of “what’s the point, I’m not good enough”? If it’s the latter, then you’ve felt resistance big time.
It’s not that you’re self-sabotaging by evading what you should do, it’s more that your brain is alerting you that doing so could possibly cause you pain. Why, you might ask? Because creating and experiencing necessary things bring up a ton of emotions, emotions that we perceive as a burden to us.
But what if we allowed the feelings to arise and dissipate just as emotions do, no matter how uncomfortable they are? We have normalized running away from our feelings so much that we’ll even refuse to experience them when it comes to things we enjoy! If we want to grow, we’re going to have to sit in our feelings regardless of how favorable they are.
We are not entitled to only having “good” experiences and emotions. Life is all about contrast: whether situations are “good” or “bad” (nothing is truly good or bad, it’s just about perspective), they will ultimately help us develop into our more evolved version.