“What is the life lesson for this month?”
(A “Para-Gram” by Paramahansa Yogananda)
“Knowing that you are a child of God, make up your mind to be calm no matter what happens. If your mind is fully identified with your activities, you cannot be conscious of the Lord, but if you are calm and receptive to Him within while being active without, you are rightly active. Each time a swarm of worries invades your mind, refuse to be affected; wait calmly while seeking the remedy. Spray the worries with the powerful chemical of your peace. You cannot buy peace; you must know how to manufacture it within, in the stillness of your daily practices in meditation. When you think that you have reached the utmost depth of silence and calmness, go deeper still. In the silence, you will receive from God the answers to your life’s problems.”
This really says it all, and so elegantly which is the classic Yogananda way. The only thing that I would want to focus on here is the word/concept of “meditation”.
Meditation is still such a buzz-word in New Age or metaphysical circles. There are a range of techniques out there which are fine in the beginning, or, if you need a structured way to calm your mind. Sometimes these methods complicate things which serves to create even more tension or judgment that you are not doing ‘it’ right. Personally, I do not bother with regimented ways of relaxing anymore. I go outside. And if I can’t go outside, I sit by a window and look at the sky and the trees and my cats playing in the yard. Instant calm.
This is going to be a year of profound change and you will, more likely than not, find yourself in situations where you will have to make difficult choices. Start practising calmness this month – make time every day to center yourself as this will serve you well throughout the year and for the rest of your life.