Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos

Recently our world has become so crowded with posts, tweets, opinions, comments, and more that people are overwhelmed. I've heard some say that they are seeing people being emotionally fragile, on the verge of breakdown, or just plain irritable. A number of people have said they are taking a break from the news, or their computers. People are looking for ways to cope.

The strength to step into something difficult comes from having a way to also step back. Step back and search for quiet, search for beauty, search for inner peace. 

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. —Albert Camus

We step away and care for ourselves by paying attention to what we put into our minds. Beautiful words, peaceful thoughts, and treating ourselves and those around us gently are things that help.

Can we learn to respond to the mounting violence in our time with soul-honoring and life-giving ways of being in the world? Much depends on the answer. — Parker J. Palmer

I have found that quotes from great spiritual thinkers are helpful to me, as I look for my ways of coping with the things that feel so crushing. So, I offer some here. 

We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk. — Thomas Moore 

“A Permeable Life is about what presses out from the heart, what comes in at a slant and what shimmers below the surface of things. To live permeably is to be open-hearted and audacious, to risk showing up as our truest self, and embracing a willingness to be astonished.” — Carrie Newcomer, A Permeable Life: Poems & Essays 

Peace be with you.