Peaceful?

Peaceful?

Peaceful. Calm. Tranquil.

It’s an attractive place to be. None of us would probably claim to be there most of the time but we probably catch glimpses now and then.

Sometimes arriving at a place of peace isn’t a ‘non-doing’, resting process but one of action. Martin Luther King said, ‘True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.’

There are some things in life that we can do nothing to influence. When we accept this and let them go – as best we can – we may find peace.

There are other things in life that we accept as reality but also identify that we need to act – do something – to change them.

It’s a life’s journey separating the two, which is why Niebuhr’s serenity prayer remains relevant:

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

Join a virtual evening of mindfulness tonight 8 March 2021 at 7 pm (UK time) on the theme of acceptance and change. Email hello@essencecheltenham.org for details.

Take care

Self care is vital.

We live in uncertain times. In the UK we join many others around Europe in a period of lockdown. Some of us will be cheered; others of us will be dispirited.

We all react differently to uncertainty but for many of us it increases our stress levels. If this is true for you, make a plan on how you can increase your self care.

Is this selfish? No, you are a VIP – so is everyone else of course but that doesn’t diminish your importance. And of course if you keep well you are more able to look out for others.

Think back to a flight and recall the safety announcement about oxygen masks: it’s always put your own oxygen mask on before helping others with theirs.

What does caring for yourself look like for you this week? (Actually pause and answer the question. Is it about time for sleep or a hobby? Choosing what you eat? Intentional contact with friends or family? The options are numerous but only you can answer the question for yourself. Go for it.)

This is Mindful Monday on 2 November 2020.

Join others on a journey of wellness on zoom at 7 pm on Monday 16 November. Just email hello@essencecheltenham.org for details.