When our minds are freaking out and we are in the midst of a challenge there are things we can do to make ourselves more peaceful.
- Don’t identify as our thoughts and feelings. We are the awareness, the consciousness that is watching the thoughts and feelings. We tend to identify as ideas and emotions and so become them. This is a misperception. When we don’t identify, we create a bit of space so we can breathe deeply and repeat our mantra.
- Find a middle path. When we are challenged, there is a tendency to react instead of respond. When we give ourselves a minute – or lots of minutes – to settle down, we can find a sane middle path to take. Our actions become a logical, kind response instead of a triggered reaction.
- Lean toward spirit instead of ego. Life will become happier, calmer and more stable when we take the path of compassion and kindness as opposed to an egoic stance of selfishness. Love will feel better and create more goodness than will anger or revenge. Still, sometimes we must remove ourselves if necessary.
- Accept what is. The present moment, the circumstance and the challenge are ‘what is’, as they are. Don’t waste energy on resisting what is. Challenges are one method life uses to evolve us spiritually, if we understand and respond with wisdom. How we look at our challenge is important. Attachment and aversion create more challenges. Acceptance and compassion lessen challenges.