Going Against The Noise

" Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence." - Max Ehrmann

What necessity does this phrase rings in my mind when I read it in my mindfulness course. Now, more than ever, we need to practice the art of being silent and still. Despite the rapidity of events happening around us. It is something desiderata - the poem written by Max Ehrmann. 1927. It means something needed -and what's more needed than silence right now?

Let's take a glimpse of the poem, and be rest assured that it is doable. It is not nonsense or parapsychology. It is recognized as an effective method to ease your mind and allow you to re-charge and be more relaxed - emotionally. It is also part of meditation, a vital method, which is proven to be an effective one, in changing the brain's chemistry and internal structure to perform better. Allowing you to feel better and have a better well-being status.

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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