The state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. -Merriam Webster
Something rare and far in between. How often do we get to slow down in life?
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
The other day I got an epiphany, or at least a statement that caused an epiphany. A teacher, because I had a lot of those at the dance intensive I attended for two weeks, told me something about an hour before I left and went home. She looked at me, put a hand on my shoulder and said, “You have been such a pleasure to teach these two weeks. I do not know what you are planning on doing with life, or in your next year. But do not stop dancing. You’ve got it. You’ve got all the things.” -Amanda Leise
I spend so much time running that I never gave any thought to sitting. Sometimes, sitting is the way to go. It is the prep before a journey. It is the moment of thought or even difficult thought processes. It is the life of thinking and meditating. It enhances the brain instead of the body because the work is being done primarily in the mind.
Sitting down gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “going mental”.
Take a moment, put on a quiet soundtrack that calms you down, and try to empty your mind.
It is incredibly difficult.
The goal is to take at least a minute, pushing past all barriers and random thoughts in your mind, and sinking into a “quiet time”.
One way of achieving this is to focus solely on your breathing. I like to imagine a picture, replacing all the dust in the room with gold dust that I breathe in, then breathing out each distraction as it comes.
Our minds have been trained to the ‘quick fix gratification’ way of thinking. If we do not like something, we avoid it and distract ourselves with something else. Sometimes, this can help us deal with issues for a short period, but never in the long run. Avoiding problems breeds regret, shame, and a defeatist mentality. I have never wanted any of those things, so the best way is to deal with problems as they come.
Give yourself some extra quiet time today, calm down, count to ten, and try not to think about anything for 1 minute. Good luck!
Be blessed today.