Life is like the ocean, sometimes it is calm, and sometimes it is stormy and intense. When life gets stormy, we often feel overwhelmed and react. When we react we often are coming at it from an automatic pilot rather than from a place of choice.
Given that life has its ups, and downs, no matter what, just like the ocean, we can equip ourselves with the tools we need to navigate it. Like a skilled sailor navigates a boat during an intense storm. So what are the tools?
Being in the present moment can assist us to see what is happening and to have an awareness of what is going on and what our impulses are before we act.
One way to cultivate this presence is with mindfulness practice. When you find yourself in a stormy moment, close your eyes, and take 3 deep breaths. Then feel your feet and the sensations of the feet touching the ground. Spend a minute attending to these sensations.
Taking a moment to come to the present may open up the space for you to reach into your deep wisdom so that you can choose an action rather than react and cause yourself further sorrow.