‘Calmness of mind does not mean you stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself. We say, ‘It’s easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness’. Shunryu Suzuki.
When we can begin to live with more self awareness and ways to create pauses in our days, to not instantly react to all the triggers around us but to listen, observe what someone has to say, what they have written in a note or email, and take the time to read without the emotional tug; to take a breath, or say to yourself, ‘oh that’s interesting’ and decide whether you will act on this right away or wait.
The little pauses we begin to create in yoga and in meditation cultivate some self restraint – to be able to tolerate things – physical, mental, emotional. To not be over ruled by the mind’s default to think itself out of everything, but to stay in the present moment, rather than get carried away with the mind's interpretation, commentary and judgements. When we stay in touch with our senses, and can be an observer or witness of what is happening, we stay calm. When we tune in to our senses or this 'witnessing consciousness', the thinking eases along with the stress it creates.
Our self enquiry this week - is there something or someone that triggers my ‘stress’ button. Can I take a pause before responding.. .. and where am I most in need of calm at this time in my life? Resolving this week to take a pause, a conscious breath, when you find yourself triggered by an action, a thought or an emotion.