“The child is grown. The dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.” Roger Waters
It happens slowly – so slowly that most of us don’t even notice. After years of disappointment and unexpected life events, we wake up feeling somewhat numb. And despite our sense of dissatisfaction with our lives, we comfortably settle into patterns and routines that help us avoid what we might really be feeling. Indeed, for many of us, numbing might start out as a simple tactic to avoid pain
Weekly Path to Peace: Step out of your comfortable numbness.
- So, where and how do you numb? Begin this week by simply recognizing all the different ways you numb. Some ways might be more obvious, such as over-eating, working too much or drinking, but other ways may be subtle: helping others, keeping things orderly, fantasizing, surfing the web or playing games on your phone. Write all of them out.
- Make a commitment to let go
ofat least one of the ways that you numb this week. Whenever you are tempted to engage in a numbing activity, simply write down what you are feeling in this moment. What discomfort are you feeling? What are you angry or afraid of? Spend at least five to fifteen minutes journaling each time .