June 15 2020
If you google, “how do you calm yourself,” you will find many lists of ideas. For me, I default to a spiritual practice created by Mary Mrozowski entitled Welcoming Prayer. This is something I do whenever a thought, sensation, emotion or feeling grabs me – I can practice it all day long if I like. Welcoming Prayer has three steps:
- Notice and sink into the feelings, emotions, thoughts, sensations, and commentaries in your body.
- Accept the divine indwelling in what you are experiencing by simply saying, “Welcome.”
- Adopt an attitude of surrender by inwardly affirming the following intention: “I let go of the desire for security, affection, control. I let go of the desire to change the situation.” (Source: https://www.marymrozowski.com/blank)
If the terminology “divine indwelling” isn’t appropriate for you, perhaps you can welcome love, compassion and/or peace into what you’re noticing. My experience is after going back and forth between steps 1 and 2 above, I eventually feel a little release. I didn’t release the feeling, emotion, thought, sensation or commentary, it released me. I “welcome” your feedback on this practice.