How to keep your calm…
June 25th at 10am EST – This week’s topic: How to keep your calm in a world filled with terror Chapter 26 of “Change your thoughts, Change your life. Living the wisdom of the Tao” by Wayne Dyer
Keep Your Calm to Live Calmly On!
So you probably noticed my little play on a famous saying “Keep Calm And Carry On” and after having read the 24th verse of the Tao Te Ching. It seemed a fitting follow up to the verse we talked about last week; Living from greatness.
Keep your calm by looking within
Right at the beginning of the chapter, Dr. Dyer talks about seeing things from the standpoint of living in the Tao – we are being advised to keep your calm by maintaining a sense of serenity regardless of what we may see going on around us.
To quote from the book,
“Moreover, you’re being told that the true master knows that the ability to stay calm is always located within.”
From this perspective there’s no need to assign responsibility to others for how we feel.
Last week, I feel that we were all of a general consensus that we each are responsible to finding it within us to Live from Greatness. Again, that is under our control not anyone else’s.
I believe that in order to get to the ability to live in one’s greatness you have to be able to keep your calm and come from a point of how settled one is within themselves in order to not be swayed to and fro with the wind, even as the wind seems fit to adjust us to its course.
When you are pushed to and fro by the outside influences in your life and you let that be your default setting, you are doing yourself and the world an injustice. However, if you can learn to keep your calm in the storms of life and be centered within yourself, then nothing can sway you from your peace. You then become that root that can grow and become that big tree in life providing life and shade and comfort to those around you.
Keep your calm by knowing your true self
How do you learn to not be tossed by the winds of this idea, that philosophy, or this political movement? It’s by looking inside to your inner core and learn what that is for you. Then when there is outer turmoil you can keep your calm, be centered, and work towards your dreams and future.
So you’re probably wondering how to you attain that centeredness that we all want. I believe it’s by learning that your circumstances are not the big powerful things you make them out to be. But realizing instead, that in those circumstances you have the greatest power in you to help you be centered and keep your calm. (For me, that’s my relationship with God) for others it may spring from a oneness with the universe or infinite intelligence.
Keep your calm by recognizing automatic emotional responses
The other part of this equation is your emotions. We usually let them get the best of us. For example, the tragic shooting in Orlando that happened within the last couple of weeks. There has been a lot of Emotions being stirred up and brought out due to the nature of what happened. Many people have let it un-center them from their inner calmness making it impossible to process and respond from their true self and not just from their emotional self.
Don’t get me wrong, I have had my distressed thoughts, sadness, and been far from calm because of this tragedy! I had to take a hard look inside myself after having taken part in last week’s discussion.
So to sum this up, whatever you are feeling; angry, depressed, sad or whatever it may be… For me, it’s a condolence and reminder that I don’t have to let the winds of life control me and push me to and fro as stated in the book. Instead, keep your calm and remain rooted in beliefs and inner strength that is aligned with the Universe (God), rather than what’s going on around you.
I love this simple thought from the book that Lao Tzu offer to us:
“Vow to seek a calm inner response to the circumstance of your life”
In the midst of any kind of unrest – an argument, a financial situation, traffic Jam (road rage) you can make that immediate decision to keep your calm by going to your calm center place before you make any decisions – especially those rash ones that we all later would like to redo or forget!
So in conclusion “Keep your Calm to Live Calmly On!
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Join us this Saturday June 25th at 10am EST, 7am PT for week 28 of our Saturday Morning Mastermind study of “Change your thoughts, change your life. Living the wisdom of the Tao” by Wayne Dyer
We’ll be discussing Chapter 26: Living Calmly
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