Life in the 21st century certainly has its perks; however, it also has its downfalls. Everything seems to be moving at the speed of light and many times it is next to impossible to find a moment for ourselves. If it isn’t the family then it is the job, and if it isn’t the job then it’s the traffic that keeps us in a constant whirlwind of activity. It would be nice to have a few moments to ourselves every now and again to simply sit with a nice cup of tea and a good book. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far between. You can learn how to find peace in the midst of chaos but you have to train yourself to take a few steps backwards and look for it. Although it won’t always be easy it can be done. You owe it to yourself to take time out to recuperate from the constant bombardment of sights, sounds and emotions that are continually wearing you down.
Learning to Say Enough Is Enough
Unless it is a matter of life and death, there is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing your desire to have a few moments to yourself. Of course this won’t always work if you have toddlers at home because they do demand your constant attention where safety is concerned. However, even that obstacle can be overcome by finding an activity which will keep their attention long enough for you to sit quietly and center. Whether on the job or in the midst of a family argument just close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and visualize a place which speaks of serenity to you. Sometimes a few moments is all you need, but other times you may need to walk away in order to be by yourself totally to find that quiet place.
Finding Your Quiet Place
We can learn a lot from Eastern mysticism when it comes to centering in order to find our quiet place. Most often it is suggested that we think about a place that makes us feel calm and safe. This place is different for each person. For some it is a sandy beach with the waves gently slapping against the shore. For others, they find peace and tranquility at the foot of a waterfall where they can hear the sound of the water as it splashes against the rocks in the pond below it. Others still find that quiet place in the arms of a loved one where they can feel secure and protected from the outside world. There is no right or wrong quiet place. Wherever it is that you can go in the deepest recesses of your mind that makes you feel safe and peaceful, then that is what you need to visualize.
Practice Makes Perfect
The first few times you try to center in the midst of chaos will not come easily, but there are ways to learn to quickly adapt to taking that step backwards. Never start in the middle of an emotionally charged situation. Practice centering when you can find a few spare moments away from all that drama that comes your way on a daily basis. Perhaps late at night is a good time to begin visualizing your quiet place. Memorize every aspect of it from the sounds you would hear to the touch of the ground and the smells of the seaside or the wildflowers on the side of the mountain. Wherever your place of safety is, there will be sensory perceptions which you need to be able to call up on a moment’s notice. Once you have found this place and made it your own you are ready to find peace in the midst of chaos.
Believe it or not, many an argument has been averted by one of the persons having the foresight to take that moment to close his or her eyes long enough to relax in solitude. You would be surprised how a few moments can restore your sense of peace and provide you with the strength you need to forge ahead when you are at your limits. There will eventually come a time when you won’t even need to close your eyes to find that special place of peace and tranquility. With practice you can calm your nerves in rush hour traffic or when listening to your boss assail you with unjust criticism. No one needs to know about your quiet place but you, and because of this, it will always be there for you to give you peace in the midst of chaos, not matter how extreme.