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Sometime back we started the conversation about Core Values here.
One of my five core values is PEACEFULNESS. Let's be quite clear up front - I do not sit around experiencing nirvana all day....so how does peacefulness work?
Of course, peacefulness can certainly be times of quiet, times of calm, times of reflection and satisfaction, times when we have no worries or demands being placed on us - all these things are external peacefulness. Real peacefulness comes from within. It cannot be bought, it cannot be borrowed or found in some illusive book per se. Peacefulness is an internal state of being.
Peacefulness can exist inside us when all around us is a roaring whirlwind of chaos. Peacefulness is that foundational sense of calm that is the bedrock of our equilibrium during personal tragedy and adversity.
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Peacefulness is largely an intentional decision to be just that - peaceful.
We have a large family, so external peacefulness can be a rarity. In fact, when everyone is quiet it usually means there is a problem brewing and has nothing to do with peacefulness!
Peacefulness is a decision to ignore the barrage of external stimuli that excites and worries the mind. Peacefulness is knowing that we have made provision for the future in the best way we can. Peacefulness is understanding and acting on our strengths. Peacefulness is lowering our expectations of pretty much everything and everyone (who decided others need to be/do this/that/the other anyway?). Peacefulness is knowing that the only true reality is right here and now...this very moment. Peacefulness is being intentional about being part of a bigger existence - part of the whole and not individualistic. Peacefulness is moving willingly with the ebb and flow of life. Peacefulness is a direct product of contentment and in turn is the driver of gratitude.
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Personally I am a worrier, an anxious soul and a stress-head by default. Finding and practicing internal peacefulness is therefore an absolute necessity and core value for me. I am extremely receptive to external messages that breed doubt and anxiety (be these messages from advertising, the news, other's expectations, career, friends, society, institutions, money, technology, environmental or partner). This being the case I have learned to regularly practice some practical external actions to create calm and re-trigger an internal state of peacefulness.
Here are some to try out:
- Imagining I am floating from task to task
- Practicing poise
- Being intentionally gracious
- Letting time pass
- Stopping and listening to everything around me for a couple of minutes with zero judgement - just noticing and noticing myself notice.
- Keeping counsel with myself and intentionally calming my urge to give advice or opinion.
- When something goes wrong, just saying "How fascinating!"
- Watch the sun rise
- Watch the sun set
- People watching
- Animal watching
- Plant/Garden gazing
- Knowing what part of the big picture I play
- Reflecting on who loves me
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be a bumper yield so far.
Inextricably, that internal personal bedrock of peacefulness is at its most noticeable when all around us is chaotic and others seem over-excited and out of control.
Take care folks and stay nice.