The theme at our yoga studio this month is peace, which seems perfectly appropriate for summer in our nation's capital, where all activity seemingly grinds to a halt for a few blissful weeks. While I always appreciate the stillness and slower pace of August, I am also reminded that our ability to experience peace shouldn't be limited to brief windows of circumstantial calm.
No matter who you are, life is messy. It is a loud and often rough reality, which has a nasty habit of unfolding quite differently from our best laid plans. But we have a choice in how we let the mess affect us. We can allow ourselves to be ruffled by the the chaos, or we can choose to find peace within.
Next time you find yourself stuck behind a motorcade, trapped in an uncomfortable workplace drama, or navigating a crowded grocery store with an unruly toddler in tow, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and channel the inner calm of your most blissful August afternoon. By doing so, you may begin to experience peace in the midst of your most hectic moment, and radiate that serenity to those around you. Go on - give it a try...