CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM
How can one stay calm while drawing upon the demands of the hustle and bustle of day to day life? Easier said than done, right? I know, we’ve all been there. Life goes on. But let’s consider for a moment how do we find calm in the midst of a storm. Are we capable of separating ourselves from the event just enough to become centered and refocused? How about instead of flipping the bird at that driver who cut you off you say to yourself “it’s not worth it.” We get so caught up in these automatic reactions that we never manage to take a moment to deliberately choose how to act.
We can always adopt some practices or rituals that throughout the course of our day helps us to scale back from daily stressors. This may also assist us with rejuvenating our bodies and/or regrouping our thoughts. We are a resilient species so this is a concept we are all capable of aspiring to.
Some ideas of rituals I might recommend are:
A Water Ritual
There is a Japanese proverb that is so old it cannot be quoted verbatim with any certainty, but loosely translated it means, “Let the past drift away with the water.” Create a hand-cleansing ritual that you can do with the intention of washing away things that you may be holding onto.
An Earth Ritual
Get a box (a shoe box, a wooden box or any box you choose) and inside it place anything that is a reminder or attachment to what you’d like to get rid of in 2016. If it’s something in your head, write it on a piece of paper and place it in the box. Then dig a hole in the ground in a place that isn’t likely to be disturbed, and place the box inside. As you mindfully cover it with earth, say what you are letting go of, thank it for all it has given you and put it to rest. I recommend doing this at dusk (the end of the day) and at the Full Moon which represents endings, to give it special significance.
A Wind Ritual
You’ll have to do this on a day or in a place where there is substantial wind. However, you can also use an electric fan. Write down on a piece of paper the thing or things you want to let go of. Then rip the paper into tiny bits and hold them in your hand. When you’re ready, open your hand, and let the little bits of paper go. You’re getting rid of your disappointments and challenges.
A Fire Ritual
Like the Wind Ritual, write down whatever is holding you back or keeping you anchored. Then burn that paper as you exclaim your intention to let go what’s written on it. You are giving it to the Universe to handle.
A Cutting the Cord Ritual
This ritual may have a significant impact on you and your ability to be free of the past. It cuts the cords (attachments) you have with people and things that no longer have a place in your life. Make the shape of a pair of scissors with you hand. State what or who you want to cut your cords with and use your “scissors” to cut around the outline of your body as if you were a paper doll.
These and other mindful practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, jogging, painting, writing, etc. this list is infinite. As long as you are presently engaged in the action. Overall, ‘mindfulness” is key. As the prayer from the feature image states, we must learn to accept things that we cannot change, find courage within ourselves to change those things that we “ought” to change (I’m paraphrasing here because not only are there things we can change; some things we must change).
Now this is not to say if we experienced a tragedy such a death, or an accident, or some traumatic event that forces us into an abrupt moment of hysteria, which is the polar opposite of calm that we’re supposed to simply hold it together. We’re human. And we are meant to experience AND express emotion equally. But that is what the other line of the prayer is stating when it says “…and the wisdom to know the difference.” That is when we use our gift of discernment. To know when losing it is “okay.” However, again it is crucial to remember not to totally forget or lose YOURSELF in the process.
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