With another hurricane approaching I can feel the fear furtively creeping in. Influenced by all the upheaval and insanity around me, I notice myself momentarily lost in a world of worries and fears, imagining the worst that may happen. And, sadly, I feel myself diminishing, becoming small.
But then, I pause, breathe, and ask myself, “What is the worst that can happen? Is it to lose my house, my belongings, my loved ones, or even my life?” And suddenly I remember that sooner or later, all this will be gone anyway, because nothing lasts forever. This reflection brings me peace. It wakes me up, and makes me ponder on what is really important in life.
Suddenly, this clear and present danger becomes a blessing in disguise. It brings about the opportunity to put things in perspective. It helps me develop acceptance of ‘what is,’ whatever it may be. It gives me the impetus to expand, rather than contract. It propels me to move beyond my petty, self-centered worries, and present myself to be of service to others. It offers me the opportunity to be big rather than small.
Yes, there is a storm coming in the distance, but there is also one much closer, right inside my head. The good thing is that I have developed the power to calm this one down.
A MESSAGE TO MY FELLOW EXPLORERS:
We are bringers of peace and sanity during moments of turmoil. It is in moments like this one that our peaceful presence is needed. I thank you for your steadfast dedication to your mindfulness practice and for exuding such serenity and wisdom. Remember that in a boat full of fearful and agitated people, one sane, calm, and steady-minded person can find the way through the fog and storms, and take the boat to a safe harbor, saving not only his or her life, but the lives of everyone in that boat. Continue practicing mindfulness. The world desperately needs more steady-minded individuals. Thank you.
I would like to encourage you to read Calming the Storm
Piero Falci is an author and educator who believes that the inner work that leads to personal awakening and transformation is indispensable to create a wholesome world. He is an explorer of the mysteries of life who loves to observe, reflect, and write, and who not only strives to live a life that matters, but also hopes to inspire others to do the same. He is a promoter of peace who believes in advancing the idea that Heaven is here if we want it to be. He teaches mindfulness meditation, mindful living, and the official Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as taught at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He organizes Silent Peace Walks.
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“Peaceful Ways – The Power of Making Your Wishes Come True”
“Pay Attention! Be Alert! Discovering Your Route to Happiness”
“Silent Peace Walk”