Weekly Wisdom: Mastering Calm in the Storm. “Peace be still.”

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Have you ever experienced a natural calm during a time of challenge or disaster? Our bodies create this calm in order to help us see a situation clearly and deal with it quickly and efficiently. It truly is quite a miracle! I know I have felt this sudden calm during some of the most difficult times in my life so I know it first hand. It’s obtainable and available when we need it.

What we often don’t realize is it’s also available any other time too. This wonderful calm is like when Jesus commanded the waves of the sea to become still. His utterance, “Peace, be still” is almost like an affirmation He put out to create the environment He wanted all to witness. The disciples were in a boat filled with fear, panic and anxiety. We know this could only create more of the same. Jesus had to change the state of the situation by calming the sea so they could see more clearly. They were never in danger, but they perceived they were. Remember fear is “false evidence appearing real”.

We have this stillness ability anytime we need it. Everything Jesus did we can also do. I love the saying “sometimes God calms the storm but sometimes God lets the storm rage and calms His child.”  The amazing thing we eventually notice is, once we become calm in the midst of a storm, the storm subsides for us and we become clear minded to deal with just about anything. The waves of life often appear so much bigger than they actually are. They are highlighted by our manufactured fear concerning them.

The key in moving back into the calm state is within the “pause“. Practicing taking a breath, tapping into our Christed state within us, and interrupting the false state of the mind is one of the most helpful things we can ever learn. Not only that, the pause helps to create a clearing of the mind and the light of “calm” can be allowed to shine through. I like to call this a “critical bypass”. We enter into a critical moment where we can choose one state of being or another. Life is about choice. We can take that pause and choose to not see fear. We can question if what we are seeing, thinking, or experiencing is real or false. Ask yourself during this time, “Is this true?” Often we discover what is happening or about to happen is not true at all, but things that are manufactured in our brains. We love to project our fears into the future, don’t we?

Try this instead…

Take some deep breaths during this time. Oxygenate the blood within your body. We tend to breathe very shallow when upset, see fear, or feel anxious. Deep breathing brings more oxygen into the brain. An oxygenated brain is a better thinking brain. While doing this place three fingers from one hand on your heart area where your sternum is. This is where your thymus gland is. Then press one hand into your belly right where your belly button is. Or you can press two fingers into your belly button area and one right between your eyebrows on your forehead. The area between the eyebrows is the pineal gland. Breathe deep a few times and then breathe normally. You will automatically become more calm. Affirm Jesus’ words, “Peace be still.” You are affirming stillness into your being and your body. You are also activating calm by using your bodies natural energy meridians.

Believe me, you will begin to see things more clearly, the storm will seem more calm, and decisions will be made in a more proficient way. You will express yourself in a more calm and assertive manor and your body will thank you for it! I’ve often heard it expressed that the “pause” is a moment of creation. Let this practiced pause create more stillness in your life’s situations. Be gentle on yourself. Life is a journey and no one masters any practice immediately. That’s why we call it practice! This is God given energy medicine at its best and most simple perfection.

This week, practice mastering calm in your life by also mastering the creative pause. Then take your practice into the following weeks until it becomes a part of your natural state. Have beautiful calm moments in the weeks ahead!

Loving you from here,

Dr Rev Jenine Marie Howry

 

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