“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” -Albert Einstein
I am continually learning how to find the stillness in chaos. I do this mainly through meditation and by doing my best not to panic when things don’t go my way. What I’ve found is that it is much easier to bear the changes of life when you are humbled to stillness. When you are humbled you let go of the need to control and begin to honor the intuitive nature that lies within. It comes alive only when you dare to trust. Having trust highlights one of the most fundamental laws of physics: for every action there is an equal & opposite reaction. When the two meet ACTION and REACTION there is a moment of stillness…however briefly….as you assess whether you are receiving the act or initiating it. Being able to make that distinction is very powerful. That stillness makes all the difference when life feels like it’s making left turns every time you want to go right. That millisecond of stillness leaves room for new life (possibility, growth, solutions). That is where creativity happens….creation (order, naming things) comes from, you guessed it, a need for chaos (letting go of control). There is a necessary part of your life that must be in constant flux. If the chaos didn’t exist the yearning for stillness would never have been born in the first place. Yet, if you are always still you run the risk of hardening and stiffening like a dried up tree branch. Movement is living and chaos is movement. So when life seems chaotic find your stillness long enough to assess what you are going to do, but not longer! You must move, you must create. When we create when we give birth to something (someone) we become these whirling dervishes spinning helplessly towards the light. In our dizziness we reach moments of ecstasy that take us to places beyond the dawn and the stars. We are filled to a near self-combustion and THEN right THEN we fall delirious. Somehow, miraculously at times, a stretcher (a friend, a book, a blog, etc) will be there waiting for us to land on it while we recuperate. Until another ‘force’ comes from another unseen angle and sends us spinning in a new direction. The more I try and control those forces the harsher the push or shove feels when life bumps into me. So I’ve learned to relinquish control of the things that are not mine to control and to savor the moments of stillness that come when you give your ear to intuition. Chaos keeps me nimble and on my toes and there will always be chaos, but it’s the stillness within that makes me abundant.