This is a beautiful quote that truly makes one stop and ponder.
It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.
Most of us want peace in our lives. We want to get away from the chaos, the dramas, the problems and escape to a place where we feel calm. What is so true about this quote is that in reality we will never be able to fully escape any of those things all the time. If we find ourselves in the midst of noise, trouble and problems, we need to learn to look into the situation from the outside in. We need to be able to remove ourselves perhaps physically if needed, but also mentally and emotionally. To find a place of stillness and peace within ourselves so we can silently assess, be in the moment and clearly see the next way forward.
Few people have this ability to be cool as a cucumber in a disaster or stressful situation. Ideally, that’s where we want to be. When we find ourselves in this place of stillness while everything around us is a disaster, we gain back control. We may not be able to control the situation or the individuals involved, but if we can find peace in our hearts, we can realize we are in control of ourselves. We have the potential to be in control of what we think, how we feel and how we respond in any circumstance. We are then able to proceed with clarity of mind and heart.
Some of us turn to yoga to experience this sense of stillness and get glimpses of that inner peace. Yoga is a great tool when it comes to taking a time out. Making time for ourselves, to look inwards, do some introspection, be in the moment, assess and proceed with a calmer perspective. It is certainly true that Yoga can be a great tool in helping us reach this state. Not just through the asanas but more importantly through the breathing and meditation. It is amazing to see how we evolve if we practice it diligently and to see how we behave and feel in situations over time. With consistent practice we are able to find that sense of peace within the storms, maybe not always, but perhaps more often than not.