Chaos Theory

I’m not talking about a mathematical theory here. I’m talking about the effect of chaos in our lives. Well, in mine, to be more specific.

For the past week, which feels like an eternity, I’ve had a painter working on nearly every wall in my house. The painting process hasn’t been bad, especially since the weather has allowed me to open windows to send the hint of latex skyward.

What has truly bothered me the most is the visual clutter: the piles of possessions stacked and huddled in the center of every room, lightly obscured by plastic sheeting. The inability to find anything. The overall feeling of disarray.

Upon reflection, I’ve also noticed that my self-care has been sorely neglected. And, like my physical surroundings, my daily habits have been totally disrupted. Yoga? No floor space to practice. Meditation? Monkey-brain extraordinaire. Photography? No creative energy.

Hmmm. Could chaos in one area of my life impact other areas?

I’ve thought a lot about this connection over the weekend, and I’ve come to a few conclusions. I’ve been so focused on preparing to sell my house that I’ve given myself short shrift. I’ve been wrapped up in the disarray and limited the amount of beauty and quiet in my life. I’ve been swept along by the project plan. So, yes, chaos in one area has impacted other life areas!

Bottom line? These are things I can control. I’m starting this week with the intention of finding ways to keep the stillness within me.

Oh, and did I mention that the carpet installation begins in a few days? This time, I’m ready.

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.

Deepok Chopra

Your Call to Action:

Where’s the chaos is your life? How might it be affecting other areas of your life? What would it take for you to incorporate stillness into your life every day? Oh, and if your Inner Critic suddenly shows up shouting “Selfish! Selfish!” tell it to take a hike. You’re doing this to restore  your sanity and so you can be more present for others.


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