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Finding the Calm During the Storm

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

Some say that life’s a beach, and that may be so. But hurricanes can ravage beaches, and when that time comes, it’s tough to stay in control – especially when so much is, well, uncontrollable by us mere mortals.

But there are a few things that you can do to center yourself, regardless of what’s happening around you. Here are three things you can focus on to help you find the calm during the storm:

1. Oxygen.

Our breath is our life force, yet it is often the first thing we neglect. Stressful situations usually make our breath become shallow, which can intensify our identification with what’s happening around us. While breathing is automatic, shifting our attention to the rising and falling of our chest, and expanding each inhale and exhale, can help give us the presence we need to distance ourselves from worries, fears, and chaotic events.

2. Perspective.

Shifting the way you frame a stressful situation can help you find la vie en rose, at least momentarily. Things are not happening to you, they are happening around you. Look up at the sky and remind yourself of the sheer vastness of the universe. A bad situation is most often not your fault (unless you’re a modern-day Hitler) — it is just the way of the world. Remember, nothing lasts forever. This, too, shall pass.

3. Change.

In life, there are a lot of things that are out of our control – more than we initially realize or accept. Focusing on what we can’t change trips us up and makes us feel hopeless. Let those things just be and focus on what is in your realm of control. This can be a powerful coping mechanism that will help you take the right actions to weather any storm that hits.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” – Vivian Greene

Words by Tatiana Elghossain // Photography by Juliette Bélanger.

© 2015 Reef Magazine


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