How do you stay centered when the waves of life come crashing against you? It's not easy. We all know how hard it is not to get caught up in a negative whirlpool when we feel threatened, attacked or snubbed. But it is worthwhile to remember that you can build resilience and inner peace to withstand turbulent times. When you are able to center yourself, you take power away from difficult people and circumstances. You are able to respond consciously, as opposed to projecting your own anger, doubt, frustration and letting the emotional whirlpool twirl and spin you around.
Much like you build your core muscles through targeted exercise routines over time, you can strengthen your center of awareness through consistent practice. It's like going to a mind gym. The real test to your mindfulness is not how long you can meditate, but rather how you can take what you learn through meditation and apply it to your daily interactions. Similarly, the purpose of this mind workout is to empower yourself and develop confidence that you can constructively handle whatever comes your way.
Recently, I've been working with some of my coaching clients on the ways to match awareness practices to their dominant intelligences. I will be sharing some ideas for awareness practices for each type of the multiple intelligences in the upcoming posts. In the meantime, what helps you stay centered in challenging situations? I’d love to read your comments.