“Do not lose heart. We were born for these times. One of the most important steps you can take to help calm the storm is to not allow yourself to be taken in a flurry of overwrought emotion or despair – thereby accidentally contributing to the swale and the swirl. Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés
A lot of people are struggling to hold it together these days and it feels like challenges and situations have been mounting for a long time, maybe even years! At least it is comforting to know we’re not alone. (Actually, don’t hate me for saying this, guys, but I’m glad we’re suffering along together! It’s another little reminder that we are all one!)
Just when we think we’re good at staying in the present moment, impossibly, life gets harder and somehow we find ourselves recommitting to being the calm eye of the swirling torment around us lest we risk falling apart and getting caught up in the storm, yet again. (WTF, Universe? I thought I passed that level!) Okay well, today new inspiration struck and I want to share in the hopes that it will lighten your load…
I don’t have children yet so I look to my inner child for these creativity questions; both work equally well because living in the here and now, fueled by enthusiasm and wonder, a child is never worried. Examining the total presence of a child is a beautiful way to reground oneself in what it means to be present. The inner child is the ultimate spiritual master because s/he is perpetually in the act of creation, most notably, of new ways of being. The creative chooses why, what and how? questions because those are ways of opening up to the present moment, defining new ideas and perceptions.
Creativity can never take place outside of the present moment. This conclusion I’ve come to is a formula for staying present and conversely a way to become creative. Want to get creative? Get grounded. Want to come back to the present? Get creative. Chew on that for a while!
The question what if? and all variations on it are instant present-moment busters. With the word “if” we immediately jump into the mind rocket, fly off to the past to collect data based on old perceptions and using the fuel of our imagination, we then zoom off into the future to apply those patterns and limiting beliefs. All because of two little letters. Ultimately all this jumping ensures that we miss out on the present moment but never actually escape the paradigm of beliefs and habits that confines us to a life of fear, separation and illusion.
Calming the storm of your life by staying present will have an exponential effect outwards beginning with you and spreading to your family, to your friends and coworkers. If your practice is strong enough, even strangers will be mesmerized by your total and complete immersion in the present moment. Don’t let others pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace. By nurturing total focus on the task at hand and what vibrations you are creating in this moment, your devotion to the present becomes captivating and encapsulates those around you in a higher, healthier and happier light which affects the whole global community.
Happy breathing and creating, light workers!
Here’s a cool example of the ripple effect in one hero’s journey in video form.