Magic does happen outside of your comfort zone


"Run from what's comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on I'll be mad."



Today is the day of my return flight back home. I have been in Bali for 2 months. But I am not boarding my flight. I somehow knew from the beginning that I wouldn't be on that plane. My heart is yearning for more freedom. More adventures. More of that free spirit that I have been experiencing in the past 2 months. I know deep down that I need to listen to that voice whispering to me to keep going, to trust life, to trust the Universe. To keep flying in the direction of my dreams and see the beauty and gift of the present moment.

I have not much of a plan. To be honest, it's a bit overwhelming. At least that's how I feel today. I think I'm just starting to process this whole Yoga Teacher Training that ended a few weeks ago. The bubble. The amazing souls united in the rice fields, all here for the same reason. To find our purpose, to live a life in alignment with our heart, and spread the love of yoga, of life. It's hard to find the right words to describe the connection, the inner work, the magic, the life transformation that we've all been through together. Everyone has been a teacher. They've all enriched my life immensely and I couldn't be more thankful. I will always cherish this time. I look back and can finally connect the dots, the life events in the past few years, the people who showed up in my life. Everything makes sense. It'all coming together. They all brought me here, to this moment right now. I am grateful for all of them. I feel like the Universe sprinkled fairy dust over me and that magic is happening in my life. I guess that's the feeling you get when your dreams come true, when you step outside of your comfort zone. I've dreamt of this moment, where I would have the courage to do what I love, to fly out of the cage and breathe and live my freedom. To trust that my heart knows the way, even when my mind is trying to take control. I'm living each day fully, not knowing which day of the week it is, not knowing where I'll be in a month, in a week or even tomorrow. Experiencing the beauty of life, just as it is. No filter. No expectations.

This yoga experience has been a wild heart opening made of magical moments, where people you just met becomes family. Understanding each other without even saying a word. A smile, a hug, a look, a shared experience will do.

I've set the bird free, I've welcomed the lion in me. I recognized and welcomed my free spirit. Now it's time to spread my wings and fly.

"You have escaped the cage. Your wings are stretched out. Now fly." Rumi

Now time to watch the sunset, to live the present moment.


Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone. Now.

magic happens I've been reflecting on fears lately. As I took the decision to change quite a few things in my life and stop listening to my inner critic voice. That voice who wants to keep me safe. Safe in my bird's cage while the door is open.

Your comfort zone is that comfy place where you feel protected, where you know how things will turn out. You feel safe. But it's also a place where you can feel stuck, where things are not moving forward and quite boring sometimes, right?

Stepping out of your comfort zone will create amazing things I believe. You will learn about yourself- no matter what the result is. I strongly believe there are no mistakes, nor failures in life, only new opportunities to do things better and learn along the way.

For me yoga is one of the places where I try that extra push. Staying longer in an asana, trying a headstand without the wall behind me, go to workshops with more advanced yogis. A few weeks ago, I attended a 108 Sun Salutations event at one of the yoga studio I go to. I had planned to go to a class a few days before I saw that this special class would take place instead of the normal one. My first reaction was "oh my...I'm not sure I can do this". 108 Surya Namaskar sounds like a lot! Will I be able to do it? Will my body handle so many suns salutations in a row? I never did this before! I hesitated again even an hour before the class. "Oh but Maris, do you really want to do it, it's your weekend, do something relaxing instead." But then I realized that it was my inner mean voice talking, my ego, my fear. So I said no and decided to ignore her. I went. I shared my practice with a room full of other yoginis and I did it. It felt great. I let go of what was no longer serving me, the changing of seasons and transition to winter was the perfect time and opportunity to do so.

I've made a promise to myself to keep stepping out of my comfort zone, to gently push myself. As much as possible. It can be small things, as long as you start. Just keep stepping out and believe you can do it, trust yourself. The more you experience overcoming your fears, the more it'll make you stronger and expand your circle of comfort zone. I can see that I'm keeping the spirit of trying new things and activities, things that intimidated me. Slowly I can see my confidence increasing and believe I can do anything. There's a feeling of freedom that comes with it and it is priceless. You will never know what your are capable of doing if you don't try. You might be surprised of how well it turns out!

What small steps can you take to get out of your comfort zone? What's the worse that could happen if you decide to try that new sport, go on a solo trip, sign up for that theater courses? Where can you go the extra mile and gently push yourself?

Start today. It's time to fly! :)

Happy day Sunshines!