Want to make the most of every moment? Learn how to find peace even when you're busy. Even when things are tough.
Monday when I pulled into the grocery store parking lot, angst shot down my spine. It was packed, not a spot to be found. That meant that the aisles of the grocery store would be the same. But I wasn’t going to let my grocery shopping experience be a negative one, instead, I took a breath, softened my shoulders and prepared to enter chaos.
From the cereal aisle to the cheese counter, the store was slammed. But it didn’t impact me one bit because I reminded myself that I wasn’t in a hurry. When you’re not in a hurry, you can find peace. Waiting at the bakery, weaving through grocery carts, and standing in line at the check out has no impact on you when you’re not in a hurry. Let others go ahead, smile at the cashier, say hello to fellow shoppers--be fully engaged in the experience by moving slowly through the task at hand.
Practice Peace Without Chaos
How to find peace in the midst of chaos comes with practice. Get quiet, whether in meditation or yoga at least once a day for a set period of time. Consistency is key. The more time spent meditating quietly, the more likely you are to carry that over when things get a little more chaotic.
Remember the importance of breath. When you feel tension starting to build in your body, breath through that tension. Close your eyes, get connected with what’s going on in your body, and keeping breathing. Take five long, slow breaths and if possible, begin to make the exhale longer than the inhale.
You Control Your Reaction
While you often can’t control what happens in life and how the people around you act, you can control how you react to it. Don’t let rushing cars in a traffic jam keep you from finding peace. If your boss is dumping loads of work on you, it doesn’t have to be chaotic. Take a breath, write a list, and one by one, start checking things off that list.
In those times when you slip up and react badly to life’s trials and tribulations, don’t beat yourself up. Get back on the mindful train and try, try again.
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