Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos
I have always been in awe of people who can simply go with the flow. You know those people who don’t appear bothered or annoyed by anything in their surroundings? They just simply keep going without losing balance for even a moment. At least this is how it has always appeared to someone like me, who can lose balance at any moment. What is truly going on for those who seem to be surrounded by layers of peace and equanimity, I cannot say for certain. However, I can say that I have always deeply desired to be a person who could stay balanced and at peace despite what was happening around me. I can also honestly say that I have come a long way from the days when every little nuisance got under my skin and rattled me to the core. Believe you me, I was a person who got easily flustered.
Today, I feel that the Universe might be testing me to see how far I have come with my inner peace and equanimity. I woke up this morning with the intention of writing this e-newsletter, and usually, my creative mornings are very peaceful and intentional. I spend very little time on social media, I have a quiet breakfast, and I always meditate. This morning, I got thrown a bit of a curve—if not a couple of curves. The gas company was digging up our driveway, and they informed me it would be helpful if I moved our cars (Kim was still sleeping). I do this. Then they tell me that they may have to dig up one portion of the driveway (not what I was expecting, but OK). Let me say that the noise alone has driven all birds and animals from our yard. Steam shovels and a jack hammer were the music around my home! Yikes! Oh, and did I mention that for some reason, our phone—which rarely rings—was ringing off the hook? Really? I wanted to say to all these intruders and invasions, “Don’t you all know that today is my morning to be creative?” Alas, I don’t think these disturbances cared about my creative schedule one iota.
I chose to breathe, which is always good. I ate my breakfast, and then retreated to meditate. I got centered and grounded. I finished my meditation to learn that I have come a long way from just a few years ago. Wow! It is possible to find your peace in the midst of chaos. That said, I realize that it does take a bit of effort on my part. This peace doesn’t just happen, though I would love it if I could wave a magic wand and, presto, have inner peace forever. No, it’s not that easy. However, it’s not drudgery either. It’s taking time for myself every day. It’s making time in my schedule to do what I have learned keeps me healthy. Today, this was meditating. However, recently when Kim and I traveled to Cleveland to see my family, it was scheduling time for us to do what supports our health. We carved out time for exercising and downtime. This way, when visiting and completely out of our routine, we chose to create some semblance of balance and calmness for ourselves.
It’s important to know that creating peace and equanimity in your environment is always possible. It comes down to choosing what you know helps you be at your best. Take the time to practice what makes your inner self peaceful. You and everyone around you will be ever so grateful.
- What routines and practices help you be at your best?
- How can you employ these daily, even when your day is out of the norm?
If you want some support as you start down the path toward creating a healthier and more balanced you, please feel free to reach out to me. I would love to support you on your journey!
As I stated in my last e-newsletter, I will be teaching a couple classes at Ivy Tech-Bloomington beginning this fall! So, look for the following classes in the Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning catalog.
The class titles are the following:
- * Find Balance in Day-to-Day Life
- * Make Peace With All the Changes in Your Life
Here is the link to learn more. Just click on “Adult Classes” and scroll down to the Health, Wealth and Wellness section.
Here is a little information about meditation. I find that meditation is an amazing tool for my toolbox to create inner peace.
Until next time,
Safe Space Life Coaching