Is it just me, or do things feel a little chaotic in the world right now? With political upheaval, holiday planning, supermoons, time changes, the usual bits and pieces of life and work, plus other things you may be going through, things may be a little heavier or full right now. You might be distracted, or feel unsettled. I know I’m experiencing some of that.
I’m always looking for ways to cultivate quiet, and calm but especially right now because I am writing a book. I’ll tell you more about it soon, but it’s due on December 21st, which means I need all of the available focus, quiet, and calm. I need time not only for writing, but for thinking, and noticing, and doing other things that inspire me to write down the words that matter.
To cultivate quiet in the chaos, I am doubling down on my soul-centered habits, saying no even more than I usually do, and limiting exposure to things that make me feel crazy. This is a daily practice that I’m not always perfect at, but it’s when I’m most consistent and committed with these things that I feel more connected to myself, am better to the people around me and experience more effortless writing.
Meditation & Journaling
I make sure to keep inner chaos at bay by writing it all down and sitting quietly every morning. Protect a little space for yourself before checking email or starting your day to do things that help you feel calm. It will help you move through your day with more intention and grace.
Aside from regular planned work projects, I’m saying no to almost everything else. That includes interview requests, invitations to collaborate on new projects, and still saying no to the usual advertising or promotional inquiries.
When we create boundaries around things that distract us from what matters, our level of engagement in what we care about becomes boundless. Say no more often to protect your health, your heart, and what matters most to you. Here’s how.
Walking every day with no particular destination in mind helps me to do even more mind clearing, and heart connecting. I usually don’t feel like breaking away from work to go outside and walk, but every time I do, I come back more focused, more creative, and more productive.
Get outside and take a walk. Don’t worry about your steps, your speed, or where you are going. Just walk.
With all of the Tiny Wardrobe Tour travel, I fell away from my regular yoga practice. It was so nice to get back to it this week, and I plan to attend 2 classes a week and practice on my own. I learn so much from my yoga teachers, and practicing something I love with other people fuels my body and soul.
While I’m not making new connections right now, I am cozying up with my people. I plan to spend time with people who make me smile, and then make them smile right back. More love. More love. More love.
Greens ground me and starting the day with a few servings of spinach, kale, and all the other fruits and veggies I include in my favorite smoothie helps me to focus.
Sometimes the best way to drown out the noise is to create new noise. I’ve been listening to classical music while I write.
No news. No personal Facebook interacting. Go internet-lite.
I will feel my feelings, but instead of knee-jerk reactions, I’m just going to be open and curious. I’ll react when my reaction will be helpful in lifting someone up, or making a deeper connection. I’m not interested in convincing anyone to think the way I do, or being controversial for the sake of being controversial.
I practice all of these things from time to time, but right now, they are all in full force helping me to cultivate quiet in the chaos.
What do you do to cultivate quiet in the chaos? How do you create more peace in your life?