Chaos: complete disorder and confusion…

Chaos…
A part of our lives…. from time to time..
You can fight it, but not for long….
It’s makes more sense to embrace it
Let it run its course
Find quiet in the midst of it..
And find meaning in it.

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It is possible to find quiet in chaos. Imagine walking down a busy street being quiet within, while the chaos of busy traffic, hawkers and shoppers swirls all around you. You can do that. All it takes are some practices.

7 Practices For Finding Quiet In Chaos

Focus on your senses
Close your eyes – focus on your breathing, hearing, what you see and what you taste.  Allow your thoughts to come and go, without judging them. Turn your attention to what your senses are experiencing.

Breathe deeply
Take deep diaphragmatic breaths. Inhale to a count of four. Fill your belly with air and then move up to your chest. Hold your breath gently for a count of four , then exhale to a count of four. Repeat this several times. It helps to calm your nervous system and makes you relaxed.

Make time and place for quiet
Make time in your daily routine for quiet time and try to keep this time sacred. This is your time and don’t be embarrassed to tell others that you need it. Find a favourite place for this practice – a sacred space in your home, a park, a beach – it all depends on where you are.  Spend time repeating calming phrases (thanks Sandra!) and then a few minutes of complete quiet and stillness.  I have found that as you keep practicing this, you long for this time and space and you might even consider lengthening the time in due course.

Listen to soft music
Music can be so calming and healing, especially when we are afraid to be alone with our thoughts. Make yourself comfortable, switch on the music and listen. Your mind will begin to wander, naturally. Slowly bring it back to the music, becoming aware of the sounds and the silences.

Use guided meditation
There are plenty of guided meditations you can undertake to calm your mind and body. Try this 3 minute one (YouTube video) from Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Use progressive muscle relaxation
Progressive muscle relaxation that helps you relax all of the muscles in your body. A relaxed body, relaxes your mind. This video has a guided practice that you can do regularly.

Use visualization
Visualizing a calm space is a great way to relax and not to be sucked into the chaos around you. During visualization, you form mental images to take a visual journey to a peaceful, calming place or situation. You can use as many of your senses in this process. For example, you can imagine yourself at the ocean – hear the waves, feel the warmth, smell the salt water, etc. One suggested practice involves imagining leaves floating on a the surface of a stream of water. When worried thoughts come to mind, mentally place each thought on a leaf and allow it to float down the stream.

So there you have it. Finding quiet amidst chaos is just a matter of practice!

Do you use any of these practices?

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