“Easy does it.” - American Idiom
“What are you running from and what are you running to? Relax, and savor life.” - Anon
Being able to maintain internal calm regardless of external circumstances is a virtue we all aspire to. To one who has not done any spiritual work on themselves it may seem unattainable. Granted, it is not something that just happens – it takes work to achieve. But it is not reserved for saints or people who lock themselves away from the world to pursue solitude and meditation. Developing and maintaining serenity is something that anyone can do if they are willing to put forth the effort – and it does take some work to achieve.
As with anything, if we have not experienced it we are apt to have many misconceptions. Being serene does not require being shielded from life or being withdrawn or sluggish. One can be both composed and energetic at the same time. It is possible to be both calm and alert at the same time. We are capable of relaxing and savoring life at the same time we accomplish the things we are supposed to be getting done.
There are a number of things that need to be worked on to get to this point. First, we need to quit biting off more than we can chew – we must stop trying to prove we are adequate by taking on more projects and responsibilities than we can do well. We must start being present where we are rather than always striving to get to the next place we think we need to be. We need to bring our internal and external demeanor into synch – in other words we need to say what we mean, mean what we say, do what we promise and be true to ourselves. We must mercilessly root out our anxieties and face them for what they are – figments of our imagination. We need to be honest with ourselves and with others so that we are not burning energy foolishly trying to remember what we told to who or which mask we are supposed to be wearing today. We need to allow others to be as they are – to give them the benefit of the doubt, to know that they are doing the best they can with what they have, and to forgive the whenever we can.
There are other things we need to attend to if we would like to live in peace, and they will come clear as we work to resolve the things that bring us internal conflict. It is a path worth the effort, and one that we can start or restart any time we choose.
Today, may I know peace.
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