We often hear advice to “stay present”, to find our inner stillness, to be “in the now” as a way of finding peace and tranquility, or for reducing anxiety.
But being present or still can also help us find our inner strength.
Lately, I have been drawn to the concept of inner strength — what it means and how we can manifest our inner warrior.
These words from writer Haruki Murakami reveal another dimension of being “in the now”. Being in the flow, being present, enhances our ability to focus, to draw on all our resources, to be agile, to see what choices — and possibilities — are available to us.
It enables us to discover just how strong we are.
“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
When in chaos or crisis, being present allows us to access our Higher Self (aka our GPS — our Greater Personal Self) and its wisdom. And having that gives us the ability to face our fears squarely in the face, to connect with them and understand them, thereby diminishing their power, and to choose a new and empowered way forward.
The Maelstrom of Fear
Fear is something we sometimes manifest and experience in response to certain situations and experiences, from the seemingly small or trivial (dogs, spiders, speaking in public) to very serious or life-threatening (assault, rape, illness, war). It is also a deep-rooted biological response to threat of any kind and can cause us to choose from the programmed responses of fight, flight or freeze and a maelstrom of emotions and thoughts.
Fear creates a storm within us, as real and frightening as the most powerful storm created by Nature.
When we are in a fearful place, living through an internal storm, it can be challenging to access our inner resources and that is where being present comes into play.
Use your Inner Soulstice to break through the storm clouds
Consider reframing the experience, illuminating the fear by connecting to your Inner Soulstice — the fire of your own inner Sun.
In Nature, the word solstice comes to us from two Latin words,“sol” (the Sun) and “sistere” (to stand), referring to the standing sun that we experience twice a year. During the days around the solstice, the Sun appears to stop in its travels (particularly dramatic in polar regions!).
Solstice also refers to a turning point, because at each solstice the sun starts either waxing or waning: the days get shorter (waning) from Summer Solstice to Winter Solstice or get longer (waxing) from the Winter Solstice to the Summer Solstice.
What is our “soulstice”?
It’s that time when we pause for a moment, when we stand still… and when through that stillness we find our turning point, and our inner fire and strength.
Connect to your Soulstice
When you feel overwhelmed — or recognize your signs of fear or anxiety or worry — pause. Be still. Stop what you are doing and take a moment to breathe deeply and slowly, inhaling and exhaling in a slow rhythm.
Drop into your Heart, your inner fire. Feel that connection with your Inner Self and keep breathing deeply and slowly until you feel your inner connection to your GPS, your Greater Personal Self, strongly established…and feel the fear lessening its hold as your inner Soulstice shines brightly through the clouds of fear. You are in effect holding the light for your Self.
Now ask that Wise Inner Self what to do…. because it does have the answers, it does have the wisdom.
YOU will make it through this storm. Because you are present. Because you have your inner fire, your inner Soulstice, as a guide.
And maybe you are even stronger than you realize .
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I CHOSE to become.”