How calm are you?

How are you coping with these uncertain times: – with the current inability to make plans? With not knowing what’s around the corner? With the weekly and occasionally daily changes?

For many years, my main intention in my life has been to aim for inner peace and contentment.  This journey has led me to explore mindfulness and meditation.

In mindfulness there is a lot of emphasis about observing the present moment, with an attitude of kindness and interested curiosity, for what it is.  Acceptance is an attribute that can bring inner peace and calm.  However, it’s important to remember that that isn’t saying that you can’t try to change things that are within your ability to change.

With the current pandemic, there are a lot of things that are out of our individual control and it might be that the only thing you can change, is your attitude and your reaction to the changes and the lack of certainty that is engulfing humanity at the moment.

Reflecting back over the last 6 months for me, some of the most valuable lessons I have learnt, and am still practising are:

  • accepting what is, not resisting
  • not indulging in anxiety and negativity about the future
  • feeling grateful for what I currently have
  • allowing others to have their opinions, without making them wrong
  • trusting that I can creatively problem solve in my life
  • going with the flow of the changes, feeling flexible and adaptable

 

If you are struggling with feeling out of control, with feeling negative about what’s happening in the world around you, or feeling anxious about the future, I can highly recommend looking at learning some mindfulness and meditation techniques.

There are many great and free apps.  I like:

  • Headspace
  • Insight timer
  • Plum village
  • Calm

There are also some valuable learnings, podcasts and other free meditations by Jack Kornfield, Eckhart Tolle, Tara Brach, Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra and others.

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Serenity Prayer

I am holding half hour meditation sessions on Mondays at 8am and Tuesdays at 8pm.  Do get in touch if you would like to join.