“Serenity is not freedom from the storm but peace amid the storm.” ~ author unknown
Many of us attend a yoga class to feel calm, release stress and experience inner peace. By the end of our practice we walk away, feeling “…aaahhh…”
But what happens after our yoga and meditation practice? Does the stress return when we are stuck in traffic, at work or when dealing with a difficult person or situation? How can we maintain inner serenity amid the chaos?
Here are a few ways to understand what causes disturbance to our serene state of being and ways we can practice bringing more serenity to our daily lives. You may wish to take one week to explore each of these different self-study techniques.
1. The Environment:
Throughout the day, notice which environments you feel serene and which environments cause tension and stress. Once we have a sense of how the outer world affects our inner state, we can consciously use the serene environments to offset the stressful ones.
Take time to consider the people in your daily life (personal relationships, professional relationships) and which people and relationships promote serenity and which create anxiety. Which relationships affect your inner serenity? Once we have a greater understanding of the influence of our relationships, we can shift turbulent relationships to peaceful ones.
3. Times of Day:
Serenity can be influenced by certain times of day. Are there certain times of day is the mind more calm and tranquil? Times of day when the mind more restless?
With this awareness, we can offset anxiety and restlessness and fully embrace serenity.
We may not always know how our day will unfold, but we can observe how our inner calm is positively or negatively affected by certain situations. Which situations are you able to maintain a state of serenity and which situations cause disturbance to your inner calm?
As we become aware of the affect of certain situations on our inner state, we can learn how to approach a disturbing situation in a more calm and peaceful way.
5. Serenity Within:
We all have the potential to continually be in a state of grace, but sometimes the environment, our relationships, times of day and certain situations can overshadow it. Consider what you’ve come to understand of the outer influences on your inner serenity and how you can cultivate an experience of serenity from within.
What yoga and meditation practices help to create inner calm and peace? In what ways do you naturally minimize disturbance?
The more aware we become of what we do to feel peaceful, the more peaceful we become.
6. Set an Intention:
The power of a positive intention can have a tremendous impact on our lives. This intention reminds us of the positive qualities we are ready to embrace and works to offset negative thinking and negative thought patters.
Set a sankalpa, a short simple statement in the positive present tense, for serenity, inner peace, calm.
As you repeat this intention at the beginning and end of your day, feel it shape your outlook and celebrate the obvious and subtle ways serenity manifests in your life.
7. From Intention to Fruition:
Consciously bring your sankalpa (positive affirmation) of serenity into daily life. Choose serenity in different situations, encounters, in conversations, and ask yourself, “How can this moment be serene?”
8. Fruition to Reflection:
Reflect on the information you’ve learned in observing, understanding, exploring serenity. What positive shifts have you noticed as you have grown into your experience of serenity? What changes have allowed you to live a more calm and serene life? Reflect back to the beginning of this practice of serenity and what positive shifts and changes you have been able to make towards your greater experience of serenity.
As you reflect, celebrate serenity!
Hari Om Tat Sat
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