Not all chaos is bad. Take a pause and breathe as you welcome all emotions. Pay attention to their messages, switch on your heart light with essential oils and self soothe. Get still, ask and listen for guidance and take inspired action to break through. This can lead to a more composed way of being and more constructive way of living.
To Gain Composure in the Midst of Chaos:
1.Pause, Breathe and Hold
Evoke the relaxation response to balance the nervous system. Place one hand on your belly and the other on the emotional stress relief points on your forehead. Just hold the flat of your palm across your forehead. Inhale through your nose for the count of 5 and breathe softly and deeply into your belly. Exhale slowly for the count of 5. Allow your body to relax and release tension. Repeat for 5 breaths.
2. Welcome all Emotions
Rumi compares being human to a guest house, “Every morning a new arrival, a joy, a depression, a meanness comes as an unexpected visitor.” he suggests to “welcome and entertain them all, even if they are a crowd of sorrows” and to “be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” Name the emotion ie. this is fear, anxiety, anger, sadness etc without judgement.
3. Be curious, What Message does the Emotion have for you?
What comes to mind when think of the emotion? Ask yourself does it relate to present time or is it a reaction to something from the past? The emotion is real but the thoughts and feelings associated may not necessarily be true. Question these and see if you can re-frame them with awareness and compassion. What does the opposite of the emotion mean to you?
4. Switch on your heart light
Place your hands on your heart and show yourself compassion for your situation. Tell yourself it’s OK. Breathe in the essence of a stress relieving essential oil and direct love, grace and gratitude to your beautiful heart.
5. In the stillness, keep breathing, and ask yourself what inspired action you could take to move you beyond the situation and towards your positive expression of the challenging emotion? ie. if you are saddened, what would it take for you to feel encouraged?
Sit with yourself in the silence and draw your attention to your assets and inner resources until the answer comes.
From a place of stillness and composure can you come up with a plan of action to move you beyond your concerns?