Courage: Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Courage is bravery; it is strength in the face of difficulty, danger and pain, without being crippled by fear. Courage is the ability to act on one’s beliefs even if others may criticise, deter or ridicule.

Courage can be demonstrated many different ways through strength, endurance, stamina and innovation physically, mentally and emotionally.

The word courage is very interesting. It comes from a Latin root COR, which means ‘heart’. So to be courageous means to live with the heart… The way of the heart is the way of courage. It is to live in insecurity; it is to live in love, and trust; it is to move in the unknown. It is leaving the past and allowing the future to be. [1]

It has been said that, "Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.” [2]  I suspect this to be true; from experience I have found it takes courage to walk the path of integrity, resilience, patience, advocacy, honesty, kindness, wisdom, solitary and co-operation. When I come to the cor[e] of what courage means to me, I realise it is an act of love, trust and faith; it truly is to live with the heart.

Inspiring Quotes

·  "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails.Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ written for the Moon in Sagittarius.

· "It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” ~ Alan Cohen

· "Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.”~ Bernadette

· "The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” ~ Charles Dubois.

·“Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.” ~ Clare Boothe Luce.

·“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity” ~ Keshavan Nair.

·“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” ~ Maya Angelou

·“The best way out is always through.” ~ Robert Frost.  

·“ To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. “ ~  Soren Kierkegaard.


1.  Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously (Osho Insights for a New Way of Living) ~ Osho.   

2. Clare Boothe Luce quote.

This was used as the Spirit Yoga Theme for the week, I hope it can inspire you to step out of your comfort zone!

Article by Martine Ford