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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"BE COOL, CALM AND DEEPLY COMPOSED"

If you begin to feel angry or frustrated, picture a cool wave rolling over you. Let it soothe you and take you down a level emotionally. It is not to your benefit in any way to allow the actions of other people to get you into an emotional state where you will say and do things that you will later regret. If you look back, you will see that you are proudest of yourself when you kept calm, when you handled difficulties with equanimity, when you were able to be the calm eye in the storm. This is a worthy goal. Think of the people you admire. Are they the people who are flying off the handle, always overreacting emotionally? Or are they the people who are able to step back and take a longer view, able to see things from the wider perspective, able to realize that this one little annoyance is not nearly as important as the longer objective. And so, today, keep your longer objective in sight and let the little things go. Let the little annoyances just roll off your back. Calm yourself with a cool calm wave, washing away petty annoyances, washing away anger, frustration. Be cool, be calm, be deeply composed. And realize, too, that much of what upsets you stems from a fear of being thought of as insignificant. When people speak to you in a certain tone of voice, when you are overlooked, when people pay more attention to their own concerns than yours, when you are ignored, when little care is given to how you and your requests are treated, a part of you rises up and says: I am important. And this then leads to your anger and frustration. Yes, you are important, you are deeply important. But the way to feel and express that importance is to go deeply inside to your own core of peace, find your calmness there, then reach up into your higher self and feel your shining presence of love, and then reach up even further and feel your connection to all that is, your connection deep and wide to the heart of the universe, the godhead, the all. Feel it, know it. And know that you are vitally important as a part of all that is. And know also, that you are one with all else, including that person who is irritating you so. You are one and the same, pieces of the same puzzle, motes of light from the same shining source. So just take a deep breath, let the wave of calm go over you, then reach down for peace and up for connection, fill your heart with love and compassion, take another deep breath and be the connection that you are.

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