My heart aches for the 10 innocent children who died as a result of the senseless school shooting last week. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Couldn’t help but think that IF the shooter had been taught how to find his inner peace and how to return to it in times of stress or inner turmoil… that maybe, just maybe those 10 souls in Santa Fe, Texas would still be alive today.
This is far from an immediate and comprehensive solution. Yet, educating and empowering children, teens and adults to manage their emotions, to self-regulate, is a vital component in preventing future shootings and easing suffering in the world. At the root of all violent acts is a human being struggling inside.
As a parent, teaching my children how to find calm in any moment is a huge priority. It’s a daily challenge. Sometimes it seems impossible. But, I know that being able to reconnect with our core power, and sense of inner peace is one of the greatest lessons I must gift my children and others.
I’m certainly not the only coach, author or teacher with this aim in mind. But in the years that come, I hope to do my tiny part in helping others experience less inner turmoil and exponentially more inner peace.
Inner turmoil can be the
reminder to return to inner peace.
Inner turmoil doesn’t always lead to violence. Gratefully, most of us have “safer” ways of expressing our inner turmoil. We crawl into our beds and hide, distract ourselves with TV and social media, over eat, medicate ourselves with alcohol or drugs, pr lash out verbally to a loved one. Okay, so we can argue these strategies aren’t necessarily “safe” per se.
We might also choose to talk with a friend (or vent, as the case may be) to release sticky emotions, workout, journal, meditate, get coaching support, walk in nature, breathe, pet a cat or dog, focus on gratitude, pray or self-reflect. We can lean on powerful tools like Byron Katie’s “The Work,” EFT, The Sedona Method, shadow work or the 6 questions in my “Inner Peace Reality Check.”
So you might be thinking… “Mary, I don’t really experience inner turmoil. I’m mostly good. This doesn’t apply to me.”
Inner turmoil comes in a variety of forms.
Inner turmoil comes in a variety of forms… with varying degrees of intensity. Anxiety, worry, self-judgment, fear, overwhelm, anger, depression, impatience and frustration are a small descriptive sampling. No one is immune. And, as I’ve mentioned before, resistance to anything creates a flavor of inner turmoil,even if only mildly annoying.
One way many avoid the inner turmoil is by keeping themselves busy, busy, busy. Doing more, more, more. And leaving little to no space for the light that is inner peace to be your friend and ally.
Last week at yoga, our teacher read the following poem and I want to share it with you.
What makes a fire burn
is space between the logs,
a breathing space.
Too much of a good thing,
too many logs
packed in too tight
can douse the flames
almost as surely
as a pail of water would.
So building fires
to the spaces in between,
as much as to the wood.
When we are able to build
in the same way
we have learned
to pile on the logs,
then we can come to see how
it is fuel, and absence of the fuel
together, that make fire possible
We only need to lay a log
lightly from time to time.
simply because the space is there,
in which the flame
that knows just how it wants to burn
can find its way.
FromThe Art and Spirit of Leadership by Judy Brown.
Printed with permission.
If you’re like me, you get a lot of joy from doing, accomplishing and even being busy. And, as this poem reminds us, too much of a good thing can also douse the flames.
This poem inspired me to create a little more space in my pretty darn packed, albeit wonderful life. I’m enjoying the fruits of that space with fresh creativity, inspiration and passion.
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(How to return to inner peace)
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I’ll also address…
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