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2017:
Be Calm. Stay Centered.

© 2017 Brenda Dineen | Reprinting permission with credit to author

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“I have a calm mind. I have an open heart. I know my truth.”

Welcome to 2017 – our new year. We are living in turbulent times. The pace of life is fast, and we need ways to adjust. While some changes are welcome, others are not.

It is wise to cultivate personal practices to help stay centered and grounded. Being centered, calm and clear helps when it comes time to handle the challenges that life brings.

You create your life from the center of your being. When you are not centered, feeling fragile, you can be prone to being thrown off-kilter or blown sideways by the opinions and actions of others.

We are living in strange times called ‘Post-truth’ in which ‘fake news’ abounds, especially on the Internet. We need to check sources of information and dismiss what is not true.

Remember that love trumps fear and hate.

David Suzuki recently said:

“We mustn’t let fear and despair stop us from making the world a better place for everyone. It’s time to stand together …. ”

Here are some suggestions:

1. Hold fast to what you know to be true. Know your own truth and values and stand by them. If something does not feel good and right to you, then you should not automatically accept it as true.

2. Find healthy ways to channel frustration. For some, this means getting active in your community. For others, political action will be the chosen route. I was so inspired to see many thousands of people, especially lots of young people, protesting in the streets of U.S. cities during the days after the November election. Seeds of positive change are being sown.

3. Surround yourself with people who love and support you. Always be mindful of your current support system. I find myself telling people there are seven billion of us on the planet. We are clearly not meant to go through life, especially challenging times, alone.

Some practices for you:

Radical self- care. This includes all aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing. You can’t take care of others if you are not nurturing yourself.

* Taking deep breaths regularly. Connect with your body.

* Yoga and stretching

* Meditating

* Spending quiet time in reflection

* Writing in your journal

* Activities and places that make you feel centered and relaxed

* Asking for support when you need it

Write or declare your intentions for this new year. Perhaps have a mantra or a word that captures the essence of what you want your life to be this year.

How do we deal with darkness in our world? We do not give in to the dark. We bring our light. We bring hope and optimism. We bring a vision of a better future and we work towards it. We shine our light brightly everywhere. We show leadership. We stand out and we set an example for others.

Be mindful of your self-talk.

What is life calling you to do or be at this time? Take time to listen. Listen to your heart. Its whisper will call you. Do what you feel called to.

May you be calm. May you stay centered.

Be Calm. Stay Centered

May you have a happy and fulfilling 2017. May this year bring you many gifts and blessings.

warm wishes,

Brenda