“Serenity,” is not a word that you hear every day. It is a concept that is foreign to many of us, especially as we go about the tasks required of us by our jobs and personal relationships; things can get messy and hectic, to say the least. But serenity is an important part of your life and if you are missing it, you can feel it in every bone in your body.
Maybe you feel like you can’t sleep or you have a constant gnawing feeling in your stomach. Maybe it feels like there just is never enough time to get anything done! Taking a few moments every day to cultivate serenity will change your life for the better.
- What is serenity?
Serenity is the state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled. (link source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/serenity) Doesn’t that sound heavenly? Being serene is the absence of those butterflies in your stomach, the presence of peace of mind and the feeling of being comfortable and at ease. Your troubles are out of your head for a time and you don’t feel them waiting in the wings either. Serenity is freedom from your anxieties and stresses.
- Why is serenity important?
Stress is a killer; we know that it’s true, and yet we choose to push ourselves often beyond our limits, sometimes for years at a time without pause. Just look at the effects of stress in this chart from the American Institute of Stress. Conversely, according to the Mayo Clinic, the serenity-inducing act of meditating has the power to overcome asthma, anxiety disorders, depression, high blood pressure, pain and sleep problems. Bringing serenity into your life has the power to override the negative effects of stress that are wearing you down.
- What activities cultivate serenity?
- Meditation, as we’ve mentioned, is an excellent way to overcome stress and cultivate a serene feeling in your body and mind.
- Doing an activity that you love, especially something physically engaging like a sport or challenging game can be great ways to achieve some respite from your busy thoughts and worrying emotions.
- Taking a nap and recovering lost sleep is a great way to capture some daily serenity. According to Web MD magazine, taking a power nap can even boost your creativity or help you solve problems that are troubling you in waking hours (link: http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/the-secret-and-surprising-power-of-naps)
- Experiencing nature can do wonders for your well-being. The dozens of screensavers and laptop backgrounds of Zen gardens and rolling hills should be telling you something: get out of the concrete jungle and surround yourself with natural forms. The natural scenes around you will relax you and getting away from your computer definitely won’t hurt.
- How can you incorporate serenity in your daily life?
You have to prioritize it. Remind yourself of the danger of allowing yourself to live in a state of constant stress; don’t let it add to your stress, let it inspire you to make a change. Take out your daily planner and type or write in half an hour every day for playing tennis, ten minutes every day for meditating, 20 minutes for your invigorating power nap. Experiment with what methods leave you feeling the most rejuvenated and serene and then dedicate a few minutes every day to pursuing that activity. If you feel that you don’t have time, literally plan out 1-2 minutes to cultivate serenity by listening to the sound of ocean waves or walking out of your office and sitting under a tree. Your body and mind will thank you for it!
How do you cultivate daily serenity?