Finding a place to pause amidst the storm

What does calmness mean to you? What does it look like? What does it feel like?

How often do you get to experience calm in your day, a good quality moment to just pause and relax. For some that calmness might come at bedtime when your head touches the pillow and you sigh with relief that another hectic day is over.

By the time you finish reading this article you will hopefully have gained more clarity on what a real pause in the day feels like and perhaps even carve out a daily ritual to experience perfect calm in all its splendour.

Writing for wellbeing is a mindfulness practice. Using writing as a method for calmness can be exhilarating. It works like a compass showing you the way to identify areas of your life that need addressing.

Whirling thoughts are a kind of storm that cause us to be distracted and disconnected.

How often have you found yourself losing hours of your day because you were caught up in an internal unfinished argument with someone or finding your way out of worries by bouncing thoughts back and forward. You’ve been so deep in your storm of thoughts that you can barely remember driving home or remember the question someone just asked you.

Bring that distraction and busy mind to the page and see what it can do for you. WriteWell’s Creating Calm course soothes those internal storms that we all have, preventing them from getting bigger and reaching the physical world where chaos awaits. It will teach you to hold yourself  in a positive space and help carve out a pleasant daily ritual to help you stop and breathe.

Allow your daily pause to be a cup of tea, sipping it outdoors as you look at the sky or watch the birds flitter from tree to tree.

Immerse yourself in the present moment for just a few minutes a day.

Are you familiar with Mary Oliver’s short poem The Uses of Sorrow?


Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness
It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.


This poem is featured in the Creating Calm 4-week wellbeing writing course which opens in WriteWell this September. One of the question prompts asks…How can sorrow, distress or turmoil be a gift? Can you answer this question or reflect on it? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Write for joy, write to no deadlines, write for peace…whatever your reason to write, try a 14 day free trial when you sign up to the WriteWell Community today.

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