Tips to Foster Calm
It may seem useful to dream up some sort of Best Tips list to foster calm. We could include exercises such as: reducing time spent on social media, reading fewer newspaper stories, watching less political commentary on TV. and avoiding opinionated people with whom we disagree.
But will these changes help? Is the world mixed up, or is it our perception that has become unbalanced? Can our judgmental thinking lead us to where we think the world is a terrible place? What then? How can we activate our nonjudgmental thinking?
Yesterday, with teacher Sandy Stewart, we discussed these questions and he suggested that only One Tip is needed: being aware of the activity of our mind.
Is one mosquito spoiling our entire perception of the world? Can we activate our nonjudgemental mind?
Sure, we may receive the message from the news media that the world is dangerous but can we refrain from obsessing on that? Can we hold that truth without being dismayed? It may be that it isnot the danger but the obsessing over it that can lead one to feel paralyzed.
TIP: Balance the awareness of danger and still move freely in the beauty of the world.
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Written by: Bill Durham