As world events grow increasingly chaotic, you may find a tendency to seek reassurance by managing outer circumstances.
Are my family and friends okay? Can I pay my bills? Is my job secure? Vaccine or no vaccine ? What about increasing violence, climate change, the absolute uncertainty about the future?
It soon becomes obvious that if we wait for optimal outside circumstances to achieve inner peace, we will be waiting for an eternity.
Peace…finding stillness, can only be successfully achieved from within. It is a shared truth across many spiritual teachings, as an example, many of us have heard “Be Still and Know That I Am God.”
On some level this is known by the wisest part of us and even so, ignored as we insist we are too busy for even brief meditations, walks in nature, a few deep breaths, somehow refusing to access the inner realm even though it can offer such relief.
In some ways it resembles organizing the junk drawer. We know the peace and sense of accomplishment it will bring, but to achieve it, there is the daunting task of going through all our “junk”, and so we simply shut the drawer and go about more pressing business.
The “Still Center” mandala began in an unusual way, from the exterior edge (mandalas typically begin in the center). First featured are hearts, protected by little spikes, followed by spirals. Scrolls, diamonds and ovals cascade to the center, where an Om symbol resides, representing the soul itself, as well as the entirety of the universe. Working the mandala in this way helped transition me from outer chaos to inner calm.
The image of a bicycle tire wheel comes to mind. We are the wheel, one entity. If positioned on the tire, where the rubber meets the road, the ride is going to be extremely rough, a predictable continuation of highs and lows. If we can edge our way along the spokes to the center, the hub, our experience will feel much calmer.
These are challenging times filled with rapid (yet positive!) transformation. I invite you to engage in the practices that provide the opportunity to rebalance… meditation, walking, absorbing nature, dancing, drumming, gardening, enjoying music, creating art/ mandalas; and return to them often. Have compassion for yourself when you find your ride has become bumpy and ease your way back to your still center.