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A Calm Soul Makes Life Conquerable In Trying Times.

zig zigglarDifficulties give me an opportunity to exercise focus and determination to take care of the issue(s) at hand. In so doing, I learned that a calm soul makes life conquerable in trying times.  I concentrate on maintaining a calm soul and this approach helps me to conquer the challenges that I face.

God creationI spend time nurturing my mind and spirit in silent meditation and physical exercises are an important part of my daily routine.  Every morning I hit the nature trail for a brisk walk with a friend allowing myself to breathe deeply in and out.  I use this opportunity to chat, vent, laugh and cry when necessary.  In spite of all the mixed emotions I train myself to keep calm even when it seems to be the least natural approach. It forces me to develop the will to overcome the toughest situations.  I ask myself ‘what will Jesus do’?  I say the Lord’s prayer and feel relieved.

silence my soulWhen I encounter resistance, my first step is to silence my soul. I ignore the feeling of impatience and anger that tug at my heart.  I block them out completely as I do not wish to dwell on negative emotions.

Giving in to negativity will worsen the situation and set you back.  The focus is on overcoming the challenge at hand which will only be accomplished with positive and peaceful thinking.

With experience and wisdom dealing with trying times encourages me to act from a place of calm reasoning. When my soul is calm, I am able to think things through. By rejecting unease at my core, I am able to make smart choices that produce best results.

Today, I am a conqueror. I can overcome any obstacle.

With serenity, I see the value in all my life experiences. Even obstacles become worthwhile and meaningful when seen in this light.

One might ask:

seek jesusWhat exercises can I undertake to help me develop a consistently calm soul?

Rabbi Harold Kushner reminds us that everything that God has created is potentially holy.  Our task as human beings is to find that holiness in what appear to be unholy situations.  He suggests that when we can learn to do this, we will have learned to nurture our souls.

It’s easy to see God’s beauty in beautiful things like a brilliant sunrise, the smile of a little child or the snow covered mountains.  But can we learn to find the holiness in seemingly ugly circumstances like difficult life lessons, a struggle for life or a family tragedy?

PeaceWhen our life is filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday things something magical begins to happen.

  • A feeling of peace emerges.
  • When we begin to see nurturing aspects of daily life that were previously hidden from us.
  • When we begin to remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it that alone makes it special.
  • If we remember this spiritual fact while we are dealing with a difficult person or struggling to pay our bills it broadens our perspective.
  • It helps us to remember that God also created the person you are dealing with or that, despite the struggle to pay your bills you are truly blessed to have all that you do.

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The fact that we can’t see the beauty in something doesn’t mean that it’s not there.  Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with a broad enough perspective to see it.

 

Somewhere, in the back of your mind always remember that everything has God’s fingerprint on it.  No matter what obstacles come your way a calm soul makes life conquerable in trying times.

 

Meditation

Butterfly on waterWhat is Meditation?  Meditation is setting aside quality time to be with yourself in a quiet, peaceful environment, taking care of your mental and emotional health; taking care of yourself.

Everything starts with a first step.  Meditation is one of the simplest and best ways to calm down your mind and body and to invite more clarity into your life.  In our fast-paced world, too many distractions clog our minds and thoughts that make it easy to forget what is truly important for our health and well being.

Why Do We MeditateWhy Meditation?  When you meditate you are clearing your mind of the information overload that’s in our system, thereby making it easier to focus and concentrate on what is important to us.  The demands of everyday life produce pressures, anxiety and stress on our body which in turn cast a heavy burden not only on our heart but on our daily lives.  When we do not pay attention to our own health, our overall well being, eventually our bodies will break down and we become sick.

Health Benefits of Meditation2Are there benefits to Meditation?  You bet there are.  Meditation brings you a sense of inner peace and that peace keeps you calm.  When you are calm in mind and body you think and act in a more rational manner. Meditation enables you to unload and to let go of the stuff that’s weighing you down, feeling stressed and overwhelmed.  Meditation not only helps you to get through your day in a more organized fashion, overall, it improves your health.

Here are some emotional benefits of meditation.  When you meditate

  • You get rid of negative emotions
  • You focus on the present
  • You build skills to manage your stress
  • You increase self-awareness
  • You gain a new perspective on stressful situations
  • You learn to appreciate what you have
  • You learn to live in the moment.

Thinking ourside the boxCaring for a loved one (my spouse) forced me to look and to think outside the box.  I had to find coping strategies that enabled me to maintain my positive outlook, no matter what circumstances I am facing.  I learned to take care of me, first.  For me, there’s nothing better than sitting on the bank of a river and simply let my mind go blank as I listen to the ripples of the stream.  Good things happen here for me; my experience is like mystical.  There’s something so calming, so powerful, so tranquil and relaxing about this simple act of kindness for myself.  Meditation is a cherished activity in my life; it brings me freedom of mind.  It enables me to maintain a sense of peace and I am able to cope with grace and calm as I continue to give my best efforts.

Meditation at workThe beauty is that you can practice meditation anywhere, wherever you are at any given time; at work, at home, walking, and doctor’s office and so on.  When you meditate you are simply trying to clear your mind.   When you think of meditation like a fast, easy and inexpensive way to relieve the burden of stress that’s weighing you down, you realize meditation is worth trying.

As you practice meditation on a regular basis you’ll experience many benefits.

  • Your inner peace of mind will be restored;
  • Your mental and physical health will be enhanced, and
  • Your life will take on a whole new meaning.

Gratitude Meditation

History tells us that Meditation has been practised for thousands of years.  Originally, meditation was meant to help deepen one’s understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life.  Today, meditation is used as a coping strategy to help eliminate stress and to teach how to have and maintain a healthy, peaceful mind and body.

Silence the mind