Stormy Weather

rainstormSometimes life feels like this: storms, chaos, catastrophe. It seems we move from one “issue,” “challenge,” or “problem” to another. Then when life is calmer our internal “storm” soundtrack is still playing – we live expecting the worst at any moment, waiting for the next crisis. Even when life around us is moving along smoothly and the chaos has passed like an afternoon shower, we can’t relax.

Our mental foot is stuck on the anxiety accelerator.

At these times our internal soundtrack has to be adjusted.

How?

  • By breathing… deep cleansing breaths… slowly in through the nose to the count of five and holding it for two and then out for the count of five, making an audible sighing sound as we push the air out and empty our lungs.
  • By practicing mindfulness: clearing our minds of what happened yesterday, what might happen in an hour, and focusing on what is happening in the moment. “The world is not ending, the building is not collapsing, I am safe.”
  • By celebrating the quiet pause before the next activity: a gift of even a few breaths.

Storms will inevitably come again, but the storms will pass. They always do.

Life may look different after the storm; there may be some emotional debris. But we can manage as long as we adjust our internal soundtrack, letting our foot off the anxiety accelerator and practicing calming behaviors like those suggested above.

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About Mona

I am a wife and mother, a once-Catholic now UCC Christian, with a degree in Theology, a Masters in Religious Education, 27 years of theology teaching experience -- mainly High School, some College. I am now working as a Hospital Chaplain and feeling humbled and privileged every day. I love my family and I love to write; writing helps keep me sane. Published writing: • From Hurt To Healing, Publish America 2004, ebook on Amazon, 2011; •"Forgive and Forget," America Magazine, September 16, 2002; •"From Victim to Victimizer," Human Development Magazine, Summer 2005; • It's Just Not Fair, Introducing The Fairly-Good Mother, ebook at Amazon, 2011; • Traces of Hope: Surviving Grief and Loss, March 2015, St. Johann Press http://www.amazon.com/Traces-Hope-Surviving-Grief-Loss/dp/1937943275
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1 Response to Stormy Weather

  1. ~by resting in our greater being, the pure Being of Christ, the Beloved of God! may you be blessed!

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