Calming The Mind During Times Of Anxiety
There seems to be always something occurring either in the world or our personal lives that we allow to agitate our minds. Perhaps we wake up only to find an expectation of ours has been altered, not met, or even abandoned. Regardless of the specific situation or circumstance our expectation lies from wanting to control the future, something we know is not possible. Remember, the future does not exist and therefor we cannot control what does not exist. And this may result in the mind becoming agitated or filled with anxiety.
But we do exist, you and I, in this very moment, are in existence. The future, we’ll it does not exist, and most likely the future you’re envisioning will not manifest itself as badly as you imagine.
When our mind is agitated or unsettled we are not able to think or rationalize clearly. It’s as if we are looking at life while driving through a heavy rainstorm uncertain if we’re even in our lane. If you’ve ever been caught in one of these events you know how dangerous it can be. Driving at a high rate of speed, fear of hydroplaning, wipers on high, and windows up and air conditioning on to keep the windows from fogging up. Anxiety increases.
Doing all of these actions won’t stop the rain or necessarily increase visibility nor offer much safety. So what is the safest ‘action’ we can do in times like these? We pull over and wait for the rain to stop or let up so we may safely resume our journey.
In our daily life when our mind becomes agitated, for what ever reason, or decision making or kind thinking becomes unclear so the best we can do is to non-do. We ‘pull over’ and let the storm of agitation pass.
So how do we ‘pull over’?
First we need to recognize we’re even in a storm. We often know this because we get tense, loud perhaps, and angry within. When we recognize our agitation it is only then that we may begin the process of pulling over.
Stepping away from the situation or environment is an important non-doing we may take. Stepping away doesn’t mean we are avoiding the situation. It means we recognize that we need some time to reflect and to let calmness in so our agitated mind may begin to settle. This non-doing is a sign of wisdom and compassion for our selves and for others.
From there we may find a location that is enveloped by solitude: a park, a lake, a parked car, or even a library. From there we may begin a more balanced mindful breathing and nurturing meditation. Allowing the mind to settle, allowing the mud to settle, allows for clear and balanced and kind thoughts. At first it may be hard, all types of scenarios surface in our mental playground but given non-doing they to move off and clarity begins to appear.
Give yourself the time to love yourself. Allowing space and openness within cultivates calmness of the mind. And when calmness blossoms life is witnessed with beauty and joyful fulfillment.
And with that my friends I wish you all peace and ease,
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