At the beginning of the month, we talked about how survivors of sexual or other kinds of abuse often create a comfort zone for themselves.
This is our “known zone.” It is familiar to us but can keep us stuck and prevent us from growing.
In this blog, we will explore what a comfort zone might look like for you and how to move beyond it and into your healing zone.
Visualizing your Comfort Zone
First, get comfortable in your seat and take three cleansing breaths.
- If you are able, close your eyes.
- Allow yourself to envision your comfort zone.
Next, consider, what have you surrounded yourself with to feel safe and secure.
- What does it look like? Color? Texture?
- What does it feel like?
- What is it protecting?
- What is it keeping out?
- What is it preventing you to experience?
Now, if you have a journal, write down the thoughts that came to you. Maybe draw what your comfort zone looks like.
Moving into your Healing Zone
Here is the next step: ask yourself, “Is the value of staying in this comfort zone outweighed by the value of stretching yourself to begin to embrace the life you want and the person you would want to be?”
Now, if you want to take a step towards stretching, let’s go back to visualizing.
- Once again, take three deep breaths.
- Now allow yourself to envision the person you would want to be.
- Does an image come to you?
- How would you want to be seen?
- What would you want to claim for yourself?
Finally, capture what came to you in your journal. If an image came to you describe or capture it.