“Calmness is the cradle of power.”
Josiah Gilbert Holland
Most of us could find more space for calm in our lives at this time of the year. Calm people affect other people in a positive and reassuring way; their ability to remain unfazed and focused during life’s petty ordeals through to outright crises is a source of amazement to the majority of us.
Often we are grateful for being at the receiving end of such calmness. And yet, it is not something that only the few have access to – anyone can choose to be calm and to develop it as an approach toward life. Here are some ideas for finding calm.
Find a peaceful zone
Find a place that enhances calmness and serenity helps free you of any distraction. This can be a moment set aside for deep inner reflection. Find somewhere quiet, preferably somewhere natural – sit on the grass in a park on a pleasant day, take a slow walk in the forest in late autumn, sit on the edge of a mountain after a hike and gaze over the scenery. If you have no time to travel, simply sit on a couch or on your bed – anywhere comfortable and quiet will do.
Seek the best in everything
Make a practice of looking for the best in people and situations. You will find this simple approach induces optimism and positivity – both of which lead to calm.
Have calm thoughts. Picture calm scenes. Recall calm sounds. And you can guess what you’re feeling….
Rest your fingers
Gently rest the thumb and fingertips of one hand against the corresponding thumb and fingertips of the other. Just the lightest touch. Breathe slowly for sixty seconds and allow the calm to overtake you.
Close your eyes and picture yourself on an idyllic tropical island. See yourself on the sun bleached sands. Note what you are wearing, the relaxed way you are standing, the way the wind blows your hair, the calm, semi-smile on your face. Now imagine what it feels like to be there.
The emotional demand of stress can build up over time. Learn to silence the outside world. Remember, if you find an unshakable peace, you will find a way to return to your happy place, no matter what.
Stand back and assess what is happening around you today with a mind that is settled, patient, graceful and wise.
“Within you, there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”