These days, with news of the pandemic’s “numbers” rising quickly and political goings-on,
there seems to be a daily reminder that peace is still elusive for far too many.
But when all is said and done, as a result, many are experiencing stress.
More stress than usual these days.
While we sometimes experience ‘stress’ as “eustress” (from the Greek “eu” meaning “good”)
which, according to the endocrinologist Hans Selye,
eustress is the kind of stress that is healthy and gives a good, positive feeling.
More often than not, the stress we experience is “distress” (from the Latin prefix “dis” meaning “having a negative force”)
and that describes unpleasant feelings or emotions that impact the level of functioning.
Sometimes the stress is related to work.
Sometimes the stress is related to relationships.
Sometimes the stress is related to health
or finances or lack thereof.
Sometimes the stress is related to busyness.
Sometimes the stress is related to grief.
Sometimes the stress is related to fear: fear of the known – fear of the unknown.
Sometimes a combination of several or all of the above.
We want it.
We need it
But fear, busyness, worries, grief, physical pain, sleepless nights, the “what-if’s” creep into our minds.
And on top of that, there are the actions of politicians, media, bullies at work / school /cyberspace which further propel thoughts away from experiencing any sense of peace.
And yet … and yet … and yet serenity and peace are available
in the gift of our breath
and in the gift of words,
spoken in the silence of hearts to one another,
and to ourselves.
May this Gaelic blessing encourage
the exhalation of fear
and inhalation of peace
in the midst of chaos gurgling within
causing or escalating stress in body, mind, soul.
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.
And may a sense of serenity,
that precious peace that passes understanding,
begin to well up and replace whatever is distancing us
from experiencing peace within our lives each day.
Blessings to you, my friends.
© June Maffin