Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
H is for…
hesychastic – soothing, quieting, calming.
In complex, chaotic times it seems especially important to find hesychastic practices to help restore one to a state of peace and quiety.
Here are some simple suggestions.
- As an aromatherapist I often turn to essential oils. Lavender, bergamot, and clary sage are known for their calming qualities and are lovely to keep on hand. Whenever working with essential oils it’s always wise to use caution and research safety. For example, while lavender is generally considered one of the safest oils, bergamot can be photosensitizing, meaning you shouldn’t apply it and go out in the sun.
- A series of slow deep breaths can be very calming. I like to take 5 slow very deep breaths with my hand over my heart, but the beauty of this practice is that you can do it anywhere, any time and no one actually needs to know you’re doing it.
- Standing outside in nature, and simply consciously grounding yourself can be hugely effective. Bonus points if you can stand in your bare feet and really feel the connection.
- Water can be very soothing. Listening to gently lapping waves can be hypnotizingly calming. But soaking in an herb- or flower- or bubble-infused bath is delightful as well. Slowly sipping some water, consciously focusing your attention as opposed to gulping distractedly is also helpful. It’s exponentially more effective if you put a few drops of vibrational flower essences in the water as well.
- Simple mudras, hand postures, can be surprisingly effective as well. The Gyan mudra is one of the simplest and most recognized and can have a calming effect. Simply touch the tip of the index finger and thumb.
Or perhaps we can heed Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s suggestion:
“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”
What about you – what’s your favorite hesychastic practice? Do tell – you know I love to hear.