How can you find peace amidst the chaos of a pandemic?
By standing in the eye of the storm, the center of the bubble, the place of silence in the overwhelming rush of thunder. It is the safety net to which we can return whenever things begin to get just that little bit too much.
Like a Zen Monastery in the middle of a bustling and busy city, standing on the mountain top in awe of the majestic view in every direction, or standing with your feet in the sand on the shoreline as you hear and feel the waves come up to meet you…..
It is a retreat that you can go to let your mind have a little space, and where you can breathe deeply the fresh clean air and revitalize your body and mind, so that you are able to better cope with the stresses and demands of the world. Even now and even if this sanctuary of peace resides within you mind.
This can be a way to effectively manage and balance out the stress that we all are experiencing today.
This sanctuary that resides within your mind is a space that is untouched by that stress of the world around you, even if just for a short while. It gives your mind and body a break.
Others ways you can find peace include meditation, or listening to relaxing music. Put on your favorite tunes for 15 minutes and not let the stress affect you for that short amount of time.
The idea is to clear the mind at least once a day and unplug from the world around you.
At this unprecedented time in our history, many are looking within and evaluating what is important to them in life. What really matters to you? What is no longer serving your greater good and how do you begin to let those things go.
Start by setting some personal boundaries and learn to keep them in check when you notice that you are starting to get too stressed. It is essential that you keep a close eye on yourself during these times as it is easy to feel overwhelmed and go back to the old ways of doing things.
Get out a piece of paper and a pen. Draw a line down the middle of the page, so you have two columns and title those columns as “What Brings Me Joy” and “What Does Not Serve Me or Brings Me Joy”. Be honest. Don’t think about what consequences these bring, just write them down.
Your health and happiness are what’s most important. No amount of stress is worth it if it is making you genuinely unhappy or unwell, and that is exactly what stress will do to you if it is left to spiral out of control.
You absolutely must become the master of your life and stress, otherwise it will very quickly overwhelm and consume you. If you can use some of what I have shared with you, it can provide you with enough space to allow your mind to settle and to re-energize and replenish yourself, you will actually find that you can handle the stresses of the world to a much, much higher degree.
This can actually give you the peace you need right now and help you find balance in the eye of the storm. Finding balance can give you the strength of mind to let your thoughts relax and gain even a small amount of release from the pressure of it all, you will then be able to head back into the storm and return into the arena of stress with renewed vigor and a new found sense of energy and enthusiasm. A new found joy and appreciation for life that seems so fleeting for some right now.
Master this strategy and there is nothing in the world that you will not be able to conquer, with enough time, planning and careful attention to your stress levels.
All of us can either look for the silver lining or lifeline to carry us through this time or we can choose to walk into the storm with no plan and no safety net.
This is a time for us all raise our consciousness and to find peace in the midst of a pandemic.