On Being Calm


“Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.”

– Paramhansa Yogananda

Welcome to this weeks Unpack!

Today’s quote is from Indian monk, yogi and guru Paramhansa Yogananda on the relationship between being calm and being happy.

Have you noticed that when you are calm you are more able to feel happy and in the moment? Do you know someone who always seems to be able to keep it together?

The world that we live in today isn’t particularly conducive to maintaining a state of calm. We are bombarded everyday with hundreds of thousands of pieces of information all vying for our attention. Our lives more often than not are busy and full to overflowing.

So how do we foster the calmness that will allow us to experience more happiness?

As with any change, we must start by becoming aware of the things in our life that rob us of calm, as well as increasing our awareness of what brings us calm. Then it’s a matter of consciously and consistently choosing one over the other.

Some habits that can help you cultivate more calm are:

 letting go of expectations: when we can just accept life as it comes to us without having expectations that things will happen a certain way we don’t create undue stress trying to control people or outcomes.

– meditation: perfect for calming the mind and getting in touch with our higher self.

– expressing gratitude: a great way to keep our mind focused on our blessings rather than stresses.

– a big picture view: when we can easily put things into perspective we don’t let things that don’t really matter disrupt our peace.

Can you use any of these? What are your own strategies for staying calm?

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Jen x

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