In Times of Uncertainty
“One can make a day of any size, and regulate the rising and setting of his own sun and the brightness of its shining.” John Muir
It has been very much a see-saw couple of months filled with uncertainly and trepidation not just in politics but also in light of recent events meant to scare and threaten.
How then, in this ever changing uncertainty laced with fear are we to stay in the moment and take each day as it arises? To see if we can regulate our “flappable” into staying connected to being grounded? I feel the answer is within ourselves, within our minds and our attitude towards what it is we think we perceive in the first place.
“The basic root of happiness lies in our minds: outer circumstances are nothing more than adverse or favourable.” Matthieu Ricard
So how do we maintain this attitude towards situations as either adverse or favourable and allow our minds to stay in a state of happiness no matter what?
On a simple level, we can begin with the breath!
The breath remaining steady and even, to allow the central nervous system to calm and ease any sense of fight, flight or freeze. The Breathing Pause (or space) to allow time for the mind to centre in that breathing space and allow for choices to be made rather than knee jerk reactions.
Physical exercise that suits the nature and type of body we have – yoga, fast walking, slow walking, dancing, singing, walking in nature, running in nature (without being plugged into music or sound) so that we may connect to the energy and life of nature that also lies within ourselves.
Connection, to ourselves and one another, the slow deliberate connection to ourselves through a variety of means such as mindfulness, meditation practices, tai chi. Allowing the physical to release what is being held through exercise and or movement in order to make a deeper connection to the body and the inner self, the mind, the heart. To realise the inner chatter is still there but that we do not need to engage in conversation with it but rather allow it to be and pass by without the need to feed it. Therein lay the basic roots of happiness in our minds – outer circumstances are just that! Outer circumstances! And we can make of them what we will but through the breath, through physical exercise, through connection to nature and the self, we can detach ourselves from outcome and expectations thus allowing the sense of inner peace to guide rather than being shaken.
That doesn’t mean that we won’t experience being shaken, upset or angry or frightened but it does mean we can connect to those experiences and change their power over us in the first place simply by practising connecting to and using the breath. We cannot change many situations but we can most definitely change the way we think about them and through the practice of movement and breath we can begin to exercise discipline over the mind more effectively.
Happy Movement and Breath connection!
"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." Jon-Kabat Zinn