Guest blog post this week*
We all have personal storms we have to deal with, often daily. These storms, if we are not prepared, often strike head-on, and without warning. They are called the Calm as We Face the Storm. They have the power and the surge of a title wave. But we all have within us, the ability to stay calm as we face the storm. As we feel it approaching, our response to this danger must be immediate. We stand on the brink of being consumed, washed away as this flood of emotions, fear, and always anger, seeks to wash over and take us to that out-of-control riptide of emotional insanity. How do we stay calm as we face the storm? We learn the art of detaching from others’ emotional distress.
One way to come out of the other side of this storm is to not inhale and make about us, anyone else’s feelings, or their exhibition of outbursts and fears. We watch in a detached calm and allow others be who they are without reacting. Whatever is going on with someone else is always their truth about them, what they want, need, or how they feel. It is not about us. The choice is ours to deflect or to react.
We focus on our breathing. Returning ourselves to calm is the protection we need to not give our power and energy to others outbursts or demonstrations of attention.We gain clarity and sharp perspective as we realize there is nothing at all to prove. No matter what the engagement, the noise or the enticement, we are the calm as we face the storm of others reactions.
Practicing a mantra that speaks to our inner-knowing can be a strong shield against the storms that want to entice us to deep waters. We repeat this mantra until we feel the words move from our head to our heart and become a part of who we are.
Acceptance says we never have to face any storm alone. Inviting a Higher Power to walk with us can be the assurance necessary to invoke the calm we seek and together, we face any storm that comes our way. We do so with confidence and with grace for by now; we are not walking alone. We learn to trust ourselves.
The more we open ourselves up to positive and encouraging thinking, to journal, recovery and other healthy avenues, we develop an impenetrable core that nothing can reach unless we open the door to our heart and let it inside.
Our love of self-becomes the steel necessary to withstand any storm no matter the destruction around us because of honor, love, and trust of our inner-knowing and our Higher Power, without question or resistance.
As mentioned in my blog, “Gratitude, a Change in Perspective,” we remember words from Dr. Wayne Dyer where he says, “When you trust in your inner vision, you’re trusting the same wisdom that created you.” Please join me, as together we write our truths that speak, “We are the storm!” We are the vigilant, the tenacious, the courageous ones that remain calm, in the face of any storm that comes our way. With practice, we watch our own unfolding come true. I invite you to come back often, and to opt-in for snippets from my book and more insightful reads just for you!
*Harriet Hunter has been journaling now for forty-plus years. Recently she’s developed a six-week model of writing entitled, “Journaling With a Purpose.” and has facilitated this training to women in Prison and retirement homes the last several years. The passing of her daughter became the catalyst to put together her forthcoming book, “Miracles of Recovery,” a 366-day Inspirational for those in and around recovery. When she’s not preparing final edits for her editors review, she spends time writing for recovery publications, doing service work in and out of recovery, playing with her two dogs and taking care of her home and surrounding two acres of wooded land.
You can find out more about Harriet by visiting her website at Harriethunter.org, or by emailing her directly at HarriethunterODAAT@gmail.com.