Most people have heard of ‘Happy Hour’ but how about the calm hour.
That hour, on sunrise or sunset, when light illuminates the beauty around us, when anything seems possible and everything feels right and balanced.
Now, more than ever, we need that calmness and balance in the world.
Yet there’s also places where this isn’t the case.
I don’t want to bury my head in the sand or become oblivious to what’s happening in the world. We’re all connected and feel the pain and suffering of others.
Yet I prefer to focus on where peace and happiness is prevalent and help to spread that feeling.
Like here, on the pristine salt lake plains of Lake Hart in South Australia. This landscape felt surreal, in fact I’ve never felt such stillness and tranquility.
It was as though Mother Nature had taken a temporary nap.
Maybe we all need that, a bit of a wake up call to what’s important.
It’s easy in nature.
In the vast plains of outback Queensland the never ending horizon epitomised tranquility.
And on this pristine solitary beach in North Queensland the sands of time stood still and for a few blissful hours all was well with the world.
But you don’t need a vast salt lake or a remote beach to feel calm and it doesn’t have to be a certain hour of the day to slow down.
We can access peace and a state of calm anywhere, in our home, our office, in our busy lives. You can find your own calm in an hour … even if you only have five minutes.
Try it and see.
- Stop what you’re doing, right now, and take a deep breath.
- Close your eyes and count backwards from fifty, then …
- Let your body relax, loosen your jaw, soften your face, lower your shoulders, feel the tension drain away.
- Let it be. Don’t force anything, just know that all is well.
- And when you eventually open your eyes, smile. And breath.
Simple I know, but sometimes simple is best.
Just like water droplets on a leaf after rain, watching a river flow, losing yourself in music or patting your pet.
Maybe it’s a hug, savouring a steaming cup of coffee on a cold day or greeting the dawn sky that stirs your soul … the simple things in life are soothing and can lead us to our calm centre.
We just need to notice.
Be mindful, just breath.
Feel the calm that lies within you, it’s there.
After all, there’s nothing more natural than breathing
As I write this I’m into Day 32 of my 90 Day Change a Habit Challenge run by Wendy at Brilliance Within.
Slowly meditation has become part of my life, it’s no longer a chore and no longer something I wonder if I’m going to fit into my day.
It’s my calm hour, even though sometimes it’s only ten minutes in my day.
It’s become part of it. Just like every day that breaks, I can’t imagine it not being there.
Wishing you all a calm mind, a peaceful heart and the time to nourish it, whether it’s an hour or merely five minutes a day.
Be calm. Be well.
You deserve it.