Image: Ken Cheung

We can all be calm when life is settled, but being able to remain calm when your thoughts are racing or there is confusion around you is much more difficult. Nonetheless, aiming for calm in the eye of the storm is a very powerful tool in building our own resilience and self sufficiency. This is called equanimity.

Equanimity: calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation.

How do I do this?

  1. The first step is to notice what is happening: are your thoughts very busy? Has something happened? Have you been hit with a wave of emotion? Just notice that.
  2. Find somewhere quiet just to be for a moment or two.
  3. Name what is happening. This might be ‘overthinking’, or ‘feeling anxious’, or ‘been told off’ or ‘it’s unfair’.
  4. Notice what that feels like in the body. Maybe even explore the sensation that’s there a little. Where is it? In the chest? Stomach?
  5. Pour your attention into your breathing – just notice it from the inside if you can. Where do you notice is the most? Try to sit calmly with the breath for 2 minutes. There are different techniques that you can try.  Click here for a breathing practice.

Calming Practice

Take 5 minutes to sit comfortably in a quiet space, close your eyes and follow the practice on the right.