Having a calm mind means having an ordered mind. It means being able to sleep deeply. It means thinking with clarity. It doesn’t mean “Calm down!” as we were admonished as school kids. It doesn’t mean losing your joy or enthusiasm. If anything, its goals are the opposite: fine-tuning your appreciation for what is all around you; seeking balance where life is distorted and chaotic; creating a more joyous, fulfilled, and less anxious way of being.
Even in the best of times, our anxiety can dictate the terms of our reality. In times of intensity and heightened stress, our desire to stay calm, patient, and unruffled may seem impossible. Our brains are hard-wired to scan for impending threats in order to keep us safe, and the body keeps score. We can’t escape this. We can learn to work with what is naturally happening so that it doesn’t pull us under into the deep black waters of anxiety and despair. Finding yourself begins with finding calm. It also means developing tools for resiliency and, ultimately, wisdom.
It’s time to get deep inside yourself so that you can give of yourself to the people who need you most in a way that’s fulfilling, positive, sustainable, and impactful. The journey begins by finding and maintaining calm.