The topic of this week’s Sunday Summer Stretch Series is chaos. Specifically, how to keep calm in the midst of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear.
I’m fairly certain if you’re alive on Planet Earth, you’re feeling the effects of the intense energy vying for your attention. Everywhere you look, you can find evidence of escalating emotions as it appears we have collectively taken the fun out of “dysfunctional” and now just frighten the life out each other.
But if you look closer and get quieter, I believe you’ll find evidence that we are equally committed to collaboration, communication, and contemplation.
Admittedly it takes practice to cultivate consciousness in the midst of collective chaos. It’s difficult to decipher the facts and figure out what’s really going on. It takes courage to stand up for what’s true and what’s right for you. And it’s almost impossible to interrupt the pattern you’ve been programmed to run when you get scared or feel threatened.
But it’s imperative that you are able to question, object, or offer another perspective than the one that leads down the rabbit hole of doom, doubt, and drama.
With all that’s already on your plate, I’m going to assume you are not looking for yet another cause to commit your evenings and weekends to. So I’m going to suggest a simple practice that you can do anywhere, anytime you feel stressed.
It’s a simple tapping exercise that I originally learned from Gabrielle Bernstein that goes like this.
- Touch your thumb and your pointer finger and say the word “Peace”
- Next touch our thumb and your middle finger and say the word “begins”
- Then touch your thumb and your ring finger and say the word “with”
- And finally touch your thumb and your pinky finger and say the word “me”.
You can substitute the word for whatever quality you wish to experience in place of “peace”. It’s easy to do. It’s so subtle no one even has to know what you are doing. And it’s a tactile reminder for you to call in the quality that you most need in the moment.
Because sometimes all you need is a moment to restore your equilibrium. I like to say you are only one thought away from a new perspective. It’s just getting to that thought can take a little wrangling.
For more conversation around this topic, jump in on our FB Live Sunday Summer Stretch Series episode this evening at 7pm Central time.
We’d love to hear how you keep calm and carry on. Leave your feedback or suggestions in the comments below.