"Chaos is a friend of mine."
~ Bob Dylan
It's the Crazy Season everybody and chaos is all around us. I can feel my chest tightening as I make the last leap towards the year-end. Tying up loose ends, signing up those tricky deals and preparing for the end of another year.
Inside me I am feeling the storm brewing over the horizon. The whirlwind is picking up momentum and I'm runningas I count days to my annual adventure, time has speeded up, it's literally racing.
We are all looking forward to the end of the year. And while we prepare for the countdown, it's important not to let the chaos take over our lives and dominate the decisions we make.
It is the right time to find the stillness in the centre of chaos. Just by standing still for a moment, and feeling the sensations in our bodies, just by stilling our mind we become aware of our fragility. And yes, we can control the outcome of the chaos.
Just notice, for now. Stay with it, instead of running to a story about the situation. Be with it, with gentleness and curiosity. Develop a friendly attitude towards it.
The tightness might be in your chest too, and in fact you can let go of this and relax into the chaos. Breathe and let go of the tightness, which is simply you bracing yourself against the storm. By letting go of the bracing and the tightening, we can just be at peace in the middle of the storm.
Smile, and let the storm pelt you. Savour the feeling of having no ground under your feet, feeling the freedom of that. Let your mind become wide open like a vast blue sky.
And this is the feeling of being grounded — it's being at peace with not needing ground.
I guess it's actually loving the moment of complete chaos and uncertainty, which is the ground of life. It's beautiful, and I'm in the middle of it right now.
Today I stand unaided; I hope to stay cantered in the middle of the chaos of this mad season, which will be filled with change, stress, complexity and the unexpected. I hope to maintain my flexibility, but in the end, to not need anything but openness to the heart breaking gorgeousness of the storm.
Come on lets do this, the last hurdle is almost over here's to the new adventures ahead.
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