Who could have predicted the circumstances we are currently in?
I cannot think of another time in our life, when the world has brought us to a near standstill, in order to look after ourselves.
And look after ourselves right now, we must.
I find the current circumstances both a time of terror and calm. Terror, because it is unknown and this virus is potentially deadly, and calm because I cannot control any of it and it requires me to solely focus on now.
Our worlds and lives have turned upside down, and yet, who we are has not.
We are still ourselves, the observers of the world around us, just the outer world is now different to what we are used to, and to perhaps to what we were expecting.
My friend had to move her wedding back 6 months, another has had to shut her business. Family members have been furloughed, I haven’t seen my friends in weeks. I have wrapped my elderly parents in metaphorical cotton wool, running all their errands and getting their shopping.
As I write this, I am watching one of my clients doing a musical Instagram live with his housemates. He would probably do this anyway, but he is doing it even more now because he misses gigging and they want to help people feel better.
I could go on.
As I watch my own responses and those of others, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to know that peace and stillness resides inside me. Collectively we are waking up to discover that all we ever wanted was an inner experience that was already present.
Beyond the thoughts, worries and fears there’s a serenity in all of us. It may feel or seem hard to reach sometimes, but it is there. It’s not that calm and serenity left us, but that we left calm and serenity.
And we did it by thinking.
Believing our thinking.
Thinking our thinking was real.
Thinking our thinking was relevant.
Thinking our thinking was required.
We literally lost the moment that was happening right in front of us because we thought we had to do something to feel peace, joy, love, serenity, calm.
But joy, peace and calm are who you are already. As Deepak Chopra says:
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day.
Which is why I am coming to you with a question.
Would you be interested in an online Mind Calm course right now? To learn how to see the mind, change your relationship to thinking and re-find serenity?
I have been teaching meditation for 9 years now, and Mind Calm for 4 and it really does deliver a powerful way for people to experience more peace, serenity and success. It helps us to let go of overthinking, give the body some much needed rest and protect ourselves from the harmful effects of excessive stress.
And of course, because it is online, you can do it from the comfort from your own home. No travel required.
This is a time when we need to keep ourselves at our absolute healthiest, and I want to do what I can to help. Please let me know if I can be of service.
If I have appeared a little quieter than normal it’s because I created a global online community on Facebook to support people through the current time. It’s called the Peace Project and it has people from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.
It’s for those people committed to making Peace their priority, no matter what. In it I and others put daily content to help you remain connected to peace.
So far I have interviewed Sandy Newbigging, the creator of Calmology, my latest Reik Teacher, two of my dear Horse Assisted Learning friends and have had weekly live lunchtime meetings with fellow Calmologists. It is a safe an inclusive space for people to speak and people to share, and most importantly to be reminded that peace is who they are.
If you are on Facebook, and would like some positivity in your newsfeed, I would love you to join us and benefit from the content.
Till we meet in person, I look forwards to seeing you online, and let me know if some Mind Calm would be good right now.
Wishing you and your loved ones infinite moments of Calm and the very best of health right now,