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Conciliate In Peace

I am too calm to be claimed by your chaos.

The best way to calm the anxious mind is to forgive yourself and others. By staying calm, you increase your resistance against any kind of storms. A samurai must remain calm at all times even in the face of danger. Peace is not always easy to grasp or keep close. In the process of attaining and protecting it, you may find yourself tired, weary, and uncertain on how to keep your peace safe. While being uncertain is normal, continue to commit yourself to peacefulness. You are worthy of every drop of sweetness and ease that you encounter. Being tested is a part of the journey. Giving up, and letting go, is not. Peaceful disputes are maintained when men sincerely believe that they are morally, logically correct about the issues at hand. It is when neither side is really certain that wars are instigated. The only order in the universe is just a cycle of calm and chaos. The weather is nature’s disruption of human plans and busybodies. Of all the things on earth, nature’s disruption is what we know we can depend on, as it is essentially uncontrolled by men. The crisis calls for a state of calmness.

Without a sense of peace, everything becomes a crisis. The key to happiness or that even more desired thing, calmness lies not in always thinking happy thoughts. No. That is impossible. No mind on earth with any kind of intelligence could spend a lifetime enjoying only happy thoughts. They key is in accepting your thoughts, all of them, even the bad ones. Accept thoughts, but don’t become them. Understand, for instance, that having a sad thought, even having a continual succession of sad thoughts, is not the same as being a sad person. Being under stress is like being stranded in a body of water. If you panic, it will cause you to flail around so that the water rushes into your lungs and creates further distress. Yet, by calmly collecting yourself and using controlled breathing you remain afloat with ease. When everything around you is crazy, it is ingenious to stay calm. An accident is often caused by an attempt to prevent one. Just because a sea is calm doesn’t mean that you can believe in its stillness.

The nature of the world is to be calm, and enhance and support life, and evil is an absence of the inclination of matter to be at peace. When the odds are hopeless, when all seems to be lost, then is the time to be calm, to make a show of authority at least of indifference. Then, coming to itself, the intellect recognizes its proper dignity to be master of itself and is able to see things as they truly are; for its eye, made blind by the devil through the tyranny of the passions, is opened. What’s going on in our world today is not something we can run away from. Therefore the calmest place is the eye of the storm. Chaos may be swirling all around us but if we stay in the center, obviously also metaphorically the center of our own Being, that’s where we’re going to be able to handle everything that’s going on, no matter how chaotic it gets. In the eye of the storm we’re not tossed about by what we see. People who maintain their calm in times of global or local chaos are the most effective antidote against the poison of the chaos

When you reach a calm and quiet meditative state, that is when you can hear the sound of silence. Gentleness is strength under control. It is the ability to stay calm, no matter what happens. You cannot wait for an untroubled world to have an untroubled moment. The terrible phone call, the rainstorm, the sinister knock on the door they will all come. Soon enough arrive the treacherous villain and the unfair trial and the smoke and the flames of the suspicious fires to burn everything away. In the meantime, it is best to grab what wonderful moments you find lying around. They sicken of the calm who know the storm. Anything that comes your way by force was not meant for you. Everything that locates you on it’s own was yours and will be yours forever. When you gaze out on a quiet, peaceful meadow, next to a still pond, under a motionless blue sky, you wonder how the noisy, busy cacophony of life could have arisen from such silent, motionless beginning.

Meditation is such a wonderful way to calm the ocean inside us. To calm your anxious mind, fear not and love yourself without judgement. When you can no longer count the peaceful moments in your day, and life becomes a wonderful place of clear thoughts and calm. You know things are as right as they should be. The sublime state of peace of mind, despite our woundedness, emits a sense of comfort and gentleness to others, an inner charm that calms an anxious soul amid our benevolent presence, like a wild deer that drinks water from the serenity of the forest, and then leaves as quietly as it arrives fully quenched from its thirst. If the water is calm, the boat is also calm. If your thoughts are calm, your life is also calm. Our lives should be, according to our Lord’s plans, quiet but steadily flowing streams of blessing, which through our prayers and intercession should reach our whole environment.

We must pray for strength to stay calm in this crisis. Sometimes, when we least expect it, energy moves like a tornado, in directions we don’t expect and that can feel negative. Our plan and harmony are disrupted, and then the question becomes, what do we do? The natural reaction when something happens that’s unplanned is to panic or fight the energy. But that’s exactly the type of action you don’t want to take, because it’s in exact opposition to the harmony we’re aiming to achieve. So what can we do instead. There’s only one answer: accept it. Pause, take a deep breath, and trust that everything that happens is in your best interests. We can train our minds by selecting the information that makes us calm, removes our doubts and helps us focus more intensely on our aims. Calmness has the power to leave dirty water as clean water on top of dirt. The great seas teach us that if we relax, we can float and survive. If we panic, we drown and die.

If you don’t fix the problems of your past and future, you may lose the joy of the present. As individuals, we hardly have any control over the world. At best, what we can do is try controlling ourselves. Rather than labeling our destination as unreachable and fretting about it from a distance, we need to calm down and slow down to preserve our energy so that we can eventually reach it. You flounder through life, struggling desperately so you won’t drown, even though you would float if you’d just relax. There’s something demanding about the stillness of the night; as if it knows our need for rest and demands that we have it. And if I impale the stillness with the incessant noise and raucous clamor of a mind ever ill at rest and in doing so I refuse to let the night bring what it does, the night will remain still but my soul will not. The brevity of life is the calmness of a courageous soul.

Calmness is the cradle of power.


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