Today’s prompt from Lori-Lyn Hurley is CALM.
I often think I’m one of those persons hardwired for calm. Well, maybe it’s more truthful to say that although I’ve put effort into engaging serenity, I do seem to carry it more easily than some others do. For a while I’ve been thinking it’s related to the Ayurveda concept of having a kapha dosha. I think of myself as solid and slow-moving – it takes a lot to push me off course.
I spent years working a crisis hotline where staying calm is a necessary requirement and although I wouldn’t choose to do that anymore, there are a few techniques I do use when I’ve slipped out of calm.
Slow breathing always helps. If nothing more, it gives you a chance to pull back into your center, and for those of us highly-sensitive people that’s hugely important. It’s not helpful to be trying to operate outside yourself. And so while any slow breathing helps, the particular breath technique I find most helpful is a deep slow breath to the count of four, holding for a count of two, and exhaling to the count of eight.
Aromatherapy is helpful as well. There are a number of essential oils that are helpful in calming, but lavender is one that’s widely known and readily available and so that makes it an easy winner.
I also find that having a mantra is helpful and years ago I learned this invocation that has served me well.
Light before me – Light behind me – Light at my left – Light at my right – Light above me – Light below me – Light unto me – Light in my surroundings – Light to all – Light to the Universe
Love before me – Love behind me – Love at my left – Love at my right – Love above me – Love below me – Love unto me – Love in my surroundings – Love to all – Love to the Universe
Peace before me – Peace behind me – Peace at my left – Peace at my right – Peace above me – Peace below me – Peace unto me – Peace in my surroundings – Peace to all – Peace to the Universe
By the time I get through the rounds of light, love and peace I almost always feel a shift.
I also sometimes connect with the energy of Swan. Now I know for many the medicine of Swan does not include calm, but for me it does. And that’s a perfect example of why I always urge you to forge your own relationships with your allies (and with everything!) and not necessarily rely on one-size-fits-all-definitions.
I was gifted with a swan feather a number of years ago and made this talisman which I keep on one of my altars.
That’s my take on calm. What about you? Does calmness come easy for you? Or are you more fiery and reactive? Have any calming tricks you use? Do tell – you know I love to hear.