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at this time when I’m overwhelmed, I take a break and pause finding the stillness in chaos brings peace
It is a turn inward – which is not really a turn. Maybe it would be better described as a slowing down. A conscious slowing and focus on the core. The transition from movement to stillness. The transition from noise to Quiet. The transition from I to the essence. The transition from the busyness of the bubble surface to the quiet and still interior. A transition from the temporary to the eternal. A transition from a refuge in time of need to just being, all of the time.
For me it is difficult to turn to something or someone when seeking solace. At least over time I have learned to do so when really in despair and I am happy and deeply grateful to be accompanied by dear friends I could ask then for a listening ear or for sharing some time to sort things out, which was quite a process for me to be seen in being that vulnerable. When turning to the inside and starting to understand, this might help me to find solace also, as well as being in nature calms my soul when sad, but the main turn was possible opening up to my dear fellow trusted friends. They helped me to find back to trust again, for which I cannot express how deeply grateful I am towards them.
Being in nature or talking to my partner or hanging out with a friend usually helps. My meditation practice is also helpful.
I pray & meditate. Time in Mother Nature too.
When I seek solace, I turn to my piano to take me where I feel; to spread, release, and cleanse, and return on a more even keel.
My husband, for warm, solid hugs and holding me when I need that.
Two good friends who are the people I can tell anything and who will listen and counsel, or just listen because sometimes that’s all we need.
A hot bath and a good book to go live in for a while.
A walk in the big park near our house to the spot where I can look out over a piece of the bay and maybe watch the funny black and white buffleheads swimming and diving.
Nature, prayer, reach beyond myself, and creating.
To God, Ultimate Reality, or whatever name you choose, it is there that I go. The Without to comfort and commune with the Within.
First I must be cognizant that I am suffering, then I must seek to know the nature of my suffering: how it feels in my body, my thoughts and emotions, hear a story and let go of the story. How to get to the nurturing, especially when there is nothing to be done, either by limited resources or by what is, to alleviate the suffering. There is only to reach for self-compassion.
To those I trust with my heart. To the woods and the lake. To certain pieces of music.
The ocean gives me solace.
Lke Sunnypatti, I find going inward works best for me. Whether writing in my journal, or meditating, I gain comfort from both.
Inward. It is there I can find the comfort of God.
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