Standing in the "I" of the Storm - Page 2
Mindfulness is a tool that I use to get back to myself. For example, by refusing to surround myself with the "culture of fear" generated by the 24/7 news reports, and instead spending some time meditating and appreciating what was right in front of me, I was able to find equanimity in the hours leading up to the storm.
Don't get me wrong. Choosing to remain rooted in the moment is not the same as escaping into some fantasy world and disregarding reality. I'm very clear that at any point we could have suffered major damage from the storm (and I'm grateful that other than local flooding, we were largely spared). And I'm fully aware that others weren't so lucky.
But by empowering mindfulness rather than fear, I gave myself a rest from the deeply conditioned patterns that we all have, the engrained habits that only serve to perpetuate negative outcomes. This enabled the curious part of me to look forward to the wild weather even as I hoped it wouldn't cause any damage.
Now that the hurricane has passed, I'm not fooling myself into thinking that it's clear sailing from here on in. I know that there will be other things to rock my state of mind. We all have times when things storm around or within us, confusion swirls, events discombobulate us, life pulls us into its whirl. But my practice teaches me that at the center of any storm is the eye, a focal point, a core reservoir of strength and peace. Mindfulness helps me to maintain my balance. When push comes to shove and life kicks up a storm around me, you can bet I'll be facing it head on, standing firm in the "I."