Finding Equanimity in Difficult Times, aka Wherein Lies Your Greatest Power?

“seeking the calm within” Creativity Journey 17/40

Recently, I’ve been having trouble finding my “happy place.” This comes after several days in a pretty consistent higher mood state, which was thrilling as it’s something I’ve been seeking for years. The current news and situation, however, has been getting to me. For the purposes of this post, I think it’s best not to go into my viewpoint in detail. Everyone who reads this will have a different perspective and find different things upsetting. What follows applies in any case.

While I realize some may find this antithetical, even bizarre, I believe true solutions always start from within. And that finding calmness and/or higher mood states (happiness, contentment) is the first step to accessing the right answers and next steps. Abraham-Hicks suggest there is “the power that creates worlds” in “connection with source.” Depending on the person, source could be God or Universe or whatever-that-place-is-where-intuition-has-the-answers. This is personally meaningful to me.

If you don’t buy into the above woowooness, though (or even if you do), here’s another perspective. It seems we make our best decisions from a place of calm. Even if a situation makes you rage or puts you into a state of terror, isn’t it better to calm down a bit before acting?

So here’s a question. Why is it that there are so many sensationalist headlines showing up in the news these days? (And, for those deciding to step away from the mainstream and seek alternate opinions – the fearmongering is there as well.) Yes, these headlines will throw in a scientific “fact” here and there, but that does NOT mean they are scientific. My take is that if your first reaction is intense emotion – terror, anger (rage), self-righteousness (smugness), then maybe these news stories aren’t designed to present the science. Best to take a step back, at least, and consider the “information” in a more even-tempered state before taking any action.

For a while now, I have been seeing the obvious “leaders” adding to the fear. Is this right? Or would you prefer leadership that is based on calm and authenticity? I would! And yeah, there are some who are stepping up to the plate in this regard. Perhaps we need even more. Perhaps we need everyone who is willing to take the next braver step to go ahead and keep going. Perhaps that means me. Perhaps that means you.

If you think you might be among those being called to leadership, I urge you to develop your inner connection first. To find some peace-of-mind, if you need to. And work from there.

If you are unsure how to go about this, I first and foremost suggest meditating. And if you balk at that, if you just can’t sit still, then is there anything in your life that has worked in the past? I think taking long, slower paced walks (which I have recently been doing) is wonderful for this. Running or biking could be great. Getting out in a natural setting can be wonderful. These are just a few of many possible ideas.

A step toward mind and body calming activities may mean a step away from those that jar the senses and emotions: social media, texting without boundaries, movies, “tv” shows, etc., etc. Also, while substances such as alcohol, drugs, and comfort foods can get us in the right state, I don’t think these are the answer. IMHO, they are OK to partake in sometimes, just not to be relied upon to feel good.

This is a post I needed to write for myself. I hope it’s helpful for others as well.

Wishing you all a day of increased peace, calm, and clearer and better direction.

Monica

Published by lalalamonique

Artist and fabric designer living in the beautiful Adirondacks of NY State.

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