Modern times are turbulent and uncertain. We are facing a variety of challenges and feel pulled in many different directions. Our minds entertain various scenarios, and not knowing how it will play out, it is scary to us. We often expect the end of a year and the beginning of a new one will magically bring a change of circumstances. The struggles continue however, and it doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.
We are afraid of our ability to earn a steady income and provide food and basic needs for our families. We are concerned about the quality of education for our children and, we fear getting sick with illnesses that medicine is just learning how to fight. We feel isolated and disconnected from other people; we can’t hug, kiss or socialize as freely as we used to do a year ago.
Today, more than ever I am practicing “Breathe and be still, this shall pass.” I remind myself that nothing lasts forever. The more fear we create, the more resistance there is, and that which we are resisting seems to linger longer and longer. Remind yourself “Breathe and be still. All is well inside my heart.”
Growing up in Chile as a teenager, my life was turned upside down when the communist party took over. All the promises given to the people by the government could not be upheld and the people revolted, leading to a coup and a dictatorship that lasted for 17 years. I don’t have an opinion as to what was better or worse; they were both extreme and nothing that is extreme lasts. From my own experience and reading about survivors of the Holocaust, what seems to be most helpful to survive turbulent times is for people to focus on their inner world and finding meaning from those difficult experiences. In the book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist who spent many years in concentration camps, noted that many of the survivors who chose to believe that what they were experiencing was going to end and chose to find meaning in their suffering fared better.
Back then, information and guidance on how to shift one’s inner world versus the struggles of the outer world was not as readily available as it is today. What happens in the outer world comes and goes, and it’s often not within our control. However, what happens in our inner world IS in our control, and it’s the only constant we have in a rapidly ever-changing world. This is a choice that we all have and is one of our greatest gifts.
I work diligently in my inner world, and it’s a challenge because it’s constantly bombarded by the outer world; the world we live in. To focus on what is wrong in the world and be angry or upset about it doesn’t bring solutions; it creates stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Instead, if I create a peaceful state inside myself, I will be gently guided on how to contribute to the outside world. And if each one of us could take care of our inner world and help those around us to get to that place, our world would be a different place, more peaceful, and safer. I feel my life’s purpose is to contribute to make this world a better place, and I know that most people feel the same way. When we make a difference in other people’s lives, we feel deep joy inside our heart. We can do that by making our hearts peaceful and settled.
“Be Still and Know that I Am God” is a wonderful mantra to stay grounded and connected to something higher that will guide us through the challenging times we live in today. Guidance will unfold from the space of our hearts. We can hear our hearts when our mind is quiet. Challenges create a lot of mind chatter and becoming skilled in quieting our mind is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others.
“Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge,” says Eckart Tolle. This quote reminds me to be still and wait for the unfolding of the guidance that will come from within. In my stillness, I can hear the guidance of what is emerging.
May you find peace and joy in the midst of turbulence and uncertainty.
Veronica Correa, LCSW-C, is a licensed clinical social worker, certified hypnotherapist and life coach.
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