“Stillness is not about focusing on nothingness; it's about creating an emotional clearing to allow ourselves to feel, think, dream and question.” - Brené Brown
Anxiety and stress have become the status quo for so many of us. When I realized that this had happened to me, I saw that I needed to learn how to heal anxiety within myself, and then I became passionate about helping heal anxiety in the world. We all need true calmness and stillness, both for our own sakes and for the sake of this planet.
We need to pause and find the clarity of our hearts underneath the storm of our fears. When we turn down the fearful mental chatter of anxiety, then presence arises naturally - and from here, on the shore of stillness, we discover an ocean of creativity and possibility. Once you're calm, you can hear your heart beat, and your breath. You feel present and connected. You create a sacred moment, enabling yourself to choose from an openhearted space rather than from a contracted, limiting place. You're able to make wise decisions.
This clarity is essential for any transformational process in our personal lives, and leads to a better future of our planet. As we heal individually, the Earth heals with us.
Calmness isn't some luxury we might be able to achieve in a silent retreat. It’s accessible every moment in our lives if we hold it as an intention to seek and cultivate it. As this practice deepens, it becomes possible to calmly respond to situations that seem empirically stressful. Calm, wise responses, rather than stressful reactions, help transform our lives and the world for the better.
So take a few deep breaths with me, and let's do this, together...