Staying Calm

Posted by Jacinta Hin on March 1, 2010

Hearing the renowned mystical scholar Andrew Harvey speak about the importance of doing calming practices in the current Sacred Awakening series, I was reminded of how I had lost my temper the other day.

It was late and raining. I was on my bike, cold and eager to get home.

A group of people was standing at the corner where I had to turn. They were gathered close to the kerb and I had to swerve to the right to avoid them. At that very moment, one of them suddenly swept out his arm and accidentally slapped me right in the face, almost knocking me off my bike. I said nothing and continued on my way, angrily and silently cursing that ignorant man.

A few minutes into my rant I calmed down and realized the man had just been sharing his excitement about something with the group. He never meant to invade my space, let alone hit me. Had I fallen, I’m sure he would have rushed to my rescue and offered his apologies.

Harvey talks about “being steady and calm through anything” using practices that “calm you down, give you a connection with the divine peace, the divine silence and the divine wholeness”, practices that strengthen our ability to stay calm in the face of extreme and difficult situations.

He is the architect of sacred activism, and it is in this context he recommends us to sharpen our mastery of remaining calm.

For the briefest of moments, it was through silencing my pounding heart and finding that connection with my inner peace I could move quickly from self-justified irritation to knowing that nothing was done to me.

We don’t need to wait for extreme and difficult situations to practice Harvey’s wisdom.

Those small, daily happenings, like the one I had yesterday, provide the perfect opportunity to practice “being steady and calm through anything”.

Just recognize those moments when they present themselves.

PS – the Sacred Awakening is a fantastic free teleseminar series that runs from February 17 to April 3, and presents 40 of the world’s most respected spiritual leaders. Interactive live calls which can be downloaded as well.


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3 Comments so far
  1. Shankar Sharma March 9, 2010 4:50 am

    Oh how true.
    This happens everyday in traffic. I lose my temper at the slow movers or the guy cutting through only to realise later that nothing was done to me and maybe there was a reason for them to do so.
    Thouth I still don’t believe that all such drivers are justified, but yes I could try to stay calm most of the time instead of getting irritated, frustrated and tired.

  2. Simranjeet Singh March 12, 2010 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the great posts.

    Found you through JV.

    Take it easy


    this is true and a useful advise

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