Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious
to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always
there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment;
It is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings
many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations
in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Desiderata- Max Ehermann 1927
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
My favorite poem, and over the years as I return to it’s sage like advice I continue to find truth in and in between the lines. I implore you to copy it somewhere and incorporate it into your readings from time to time. This year…
“Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence. “
…has been a recurrent theme in my life and meditations. When I look back on my last 8 years since a big “life event” I can say my most amazing and profound moments have been those in between events, success, and sickness in moments of stillness and silence. Moments when I was able to process and receive perspective and discovery on what had just happened. It’s in these moments of calm where I was able to accept growth. Lasting change has now taken its roots. Life moves too fast, and there is no time for mediocrity or stagnation. Breath, be present, and learn your lessons as they present themselves in life, there is not always time to repeat the course.
Tips To Action: If you have moments during these busy hectic holidays simply follow this plans to center yourself and regain a sense of calm wellbeing:
- 1.Find a quite corner or shut yourself in the bathroom (Earphones are a great way to block out noise). Here is a wonderful background track on youtube
- 2.Place your dominant hand over your heart, the other just below your belly button.
- 3. With a gently relaxed jaw, tongue against the lower ridge of your teeth, breath in for 4 counts visualizing your breath entering your heart (instead of your mouth).
- 4. Take a full five seconds to release the air, visualize the breath leaving your body from your lower abdomen.
- 5. See the color of your breath as pure white healing light with an amber glow.
- 6.In your mind hold the deep feeling of gratitude for family, holiday cheer, and for the fact that right now you are alive; anything you want is possible!