Close your eyes for a few seconds and imagine a moment in your life when you really felt calm, in complete balance. Perhaps it has been lying on the sand of a beach, in a park, with the person you love, or in any other place where you felt inside the feeling that everything was fine, that you did not need anything else.
But day by day it is very difficult for us to find that state. We live so fast that calm seems to be something very far away, or that we only look for on vacation.
The practice of yoga and meditation can help you find calm, like a state of serenity, in your daily routine. “Calm” does not mean “Absence of problems”, but refers to that state of tranquility that develops hand in hand, also, with acceptance.
Being calm also does not help us take care of our health, make better decisions and respect ourselves, understanding that nothing is as “urgent” as it always seems.
In Buddhism, calm is essential. It requires quieting the mind, emotions and thoughts that flow without ceasing, to avoid states of confusion and/or agitation, and to achieve internal peace.
This poem is an ode to calm by the Dalai Lama
Close your eyes for a few seconds and imagine a moment in your life when you truly felt calm and in complete balance. Maybe it was lying on the sandy beach, in a park, with your loved one, or any other place where you felt a sense of contentment, where nothing else was needed.
However, in our daily lives, it becomes increasingly challenging to find that state. We live in such a fast-paced world that calmness seems distant, something we only seek during vacations.
The practice of yoga and meditation can assist in finding calmness, fostering serenity in our daily routines. “Calm” doesn’t mean the absence of problems; rather, it refers to a state of tranquility that is accompanied by acceptance.
Moreover, being calm helps us take care of our health, make better decisions, and cultivate self-respect, understanding that nothing is as “urgent” as it always seems.
In Buddhism, calmness is considered essential. It requires quieting the mind, emotions, and ceaseless thoughts to prevent confusion and agitation, ultimately leading to internal peace.
The following poem pays homage to the significance of calmness, serving as a reminder:
“It is called calm, and it has weathered many storms.
It is called calm, and when it vanishes, I seek it once more.
It is called calm, teaching me to breathe, reflect, and reconsider.
It is called calm, and when madness tempts it, wild winds are unleashed, challenging to control.
It is called calm, bestowed by the years, as youthful ambition, loose tongues, and cold bellies make way for more silence and wisdom.
It is called calm, when one learns to love deeply, when selfishness gives way to generosity, and discontentment fades to open the heart and soul, wholeheartedly giving and receiving.
It is called calm, when friendship is so genuine that masks fall away, allowing everything to be shared.
It is called calm, avoided by the world, ignored, as it fabricates wars that none shall ever win.
It is called calm, where the pleasure of silence is savored, where sounds become more than mere music or chaos—wind, birds, good company, or the crashing of waves.
It is called calm, immeasurable by any currency, no coin of any color can match its value when it becomes reality.
It is called calm, and it has weathered many storms, yet I would endure them a thousand times more until I find it once again.
It is called calm—I relish it, I honor it, and I refuse to let it slip away.”