Nurse Wisdom from the ICU at OHSU (5.2.19)

Posted: Thu, May 2, 2019
“You have to find the eye in the midst of this storm. Go for a walk. Pray. Meditate. Journal. Paint. Write. Sing. Breathe. Find the quiet in the chaos. That’s where your strength is. Calm is your superpower. Stillness has healing qualities.” There is something powerful about sitting in silence until we are silenced. Even [...]

Rev. Dr. Steven Koski

“You have to find the eye in the midst of this storm. Go for a walk. Pray. Meditate. Journal. Paint. Write. Sing. Breathe. Find the quiet in the chaos. That’s where your strength is. Calm is your superpower. Stillness has healing qualities.”
There is something powerful about sitting in silence until we are silenced. Even the fastest spinning wheel is still at the center. Anxiety and worry are impediments to healing. We assume calmness will come after the crisis. What if calmness is your best resource in the crisis? Carolyn Myss wrote, “The soul always knows what to do to heal itself, the challenge is to silence the mind.”
Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and I will give you rest.” The invitation is to still the anxious mind and be carried to a deeper place of wisdom and healing.
Our impulse is to meet anxiety with more anxiety. What if calm was your superpower? What if being still is the prayer that transforms us? It is said that silence is God’s first language. Silence awakens the heart and soul the way breathing enlivens the lungs.
So, find the quiet that lies beneath the chaos. Walk. Pray.Meditate. Journal. Paint. Write. Chant. Do yoga. Sing. Breathe. Just be. Stillness is where your strength is. Calm is your superpower. Silence is healing. Resist meeting anxiety with more anxiety. Rest in silence until it silences you.
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