There is a place inside of you and me that connects us to something more powerful than all that is going on outside of us. Once there we settle into comfort and peace. Whether or not we recognize its existence, it resides there waiting for us to sit quietly and commune with the energy. What name we give it means little. We may be drawn away by social media, the past, our fears or many other enticements but it is forever within our grasp. Sitting still with no distraction and attempting to listen for its gentle voice will lend us perspective on many things. Read any article on the effects of mindfulness and meditation and you will find powerful evidence of the existence of this truth.
Whether you call it meditation, communion with God or your higher self, or ascribe to other spiritual or religious terms, that doesn’t change. It is that place where the chaos and the dust of your existence settles and reveals to you what is real. It makes perfect sense to react with horror, fear, and anger and feel extreme pain when bad things seem to be happening every day. However, to dwell in it is to constantly invite that which keeps the chaos living inside us and eroding our souls.
The moment we came into the world we were made of pure love. How well that love within us is nurtured lies in the hands of other humans trying to maneuver this often complex journey. Some of us have forgotten and that foundation of love retreats in our haste to survive and protect ourselves. For when we are denied the essence of love, in whatever form we expect, we feel tragically dishonored. The result is that fear becomes the vehicle in which we travel through life.
It isn’t what is happening in the news that has dishonored our own personal love and connection. It is how we view ourselves compared to others. We each experience what is happening around us through different lenses and are challenged in different ways. In the middle of the chaos is a place where each of us can do the one thing that will change the world. We can do what we can to help another. We can honor this life we have been given and find ways to help others do the same. But we have to find our own calm first.
Start by turning off and tuning out for increasingly longer periods of time and using your own time to change something or do something new and different. We all feel helpless and overwhelmed at times. You could begin by asking yourself “what is one thing I can do to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day?” Whether it is mow the neighbor’s yard, clean out a closet, donate time to a local charity…your momentum of moving away from “the” problem and finding “a” solution can change your thinking, relieve tension and improve your perspective.
No one person will ever solve all the problems in the world. But when each of us looks to our own lives to see what we CAN do, we can make huge strides in how we see each other by making peace with ourselves.
Something to try today:
Turn off the television, put away your phone or computer, sit quietly and breathe. Notice what you are feeling inside your body. Inhale deeply and feel the air entering your nostrils and filling your lungs. With each inhale think love, say the world love in your mind as you bring the air in. As you exhale, imagine that you are releasing a cloud of smoke that is everything that was stored inside of you that has been causing you discomfort. Breathe in love, breath out discomfort. Be conscious of your heart beating in your chest as you inhale the love. Let that love spread from your heart throughout your body as it expels anything that doesn’t feel like love. Try this for a few moments until you feel a subtle shift in your body and it releases some of the tension.
When you feel you have done this enough, take out a pen and paper and write about the experience. Be honest. Whether it felt stupid or lovely, put it down on paper so you can see it. When you do this you have connected to that space within you that wants you to thrive and to be happy.
Know that you are loved and that though I am one small person, I am here for you and hope that these words I write bring comfort. Be at peace my friends.
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