I was telling someone about our “be/bee” theme this year. She asked what word was coming next … I said “calm” and she said “oh, good! - you need to focus on that”. (*sigh*) I thought I embodied calm*. Calmness, I thought, was my vibe. I guess I’m wrong (according to everyone).
I’ve been practicing meditation for 2 ½ years. Every morning, I get up and meditate for 20 minutes. I work out (4-5 times a week really hard) to relieve stress, and I work with a coach weekly to address any leftover anxiety/stress/angst. I get good sleep. By doing these things, I hopefully am a little bit calmer. Maybe … hopefully?
How do you practice calm? Do you walk through life free of angst, stress, and anxiety? Of course not. No one does -- but it doesn’t hurt to try. Being calm in the face of the storm allows for wisdom. I know that when faced with a traumatic situation -- I count to ten or wait to respond, and by doing this, it allows me space to collect my thoughts.**
*people used to tell me that I needed to “settle down” and get married. I told them if I settled down anymore, I’d slip into a coma. I’m kind of boring.
**like winter driving - I’m the guy with two hands on the wheel going the appropriate speed for the road conditions. (I shout at those in the ditch - “I PRACTICE CALMNESS!”)