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Ever heard The calm before the storm. What does calm feel like?

I am a hands-on type of learner - have been my whole life. Put me in a lab and I'm a marvel. Put me in an auditorium with a speaker and I'll probably fall asleep! When I discovered this about myself I had already graduated Magna Cum Laude from College. My experience at the university proved if I wanted to learn something it would requires me to DO actions. I use this same technique when I am practicing visualization. I could easily read something or listen to an audio. If I want to remember what I'm reading, I re-write the words in a journal. Sure, this requires some extra time - but the goal is make a permanent impression in my mind's eye and I need that extra full-body contact with the words so that they resonate.
I decided to journal here on my blog today - today I'm reading about being calm. what does calm feel like? can anyone really be calm amidst all this economic turmoil?

Serenity, excerpt from As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

    Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operation of thought.

    A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve and remains poised, steadfast, serene.

    The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strenght, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is strongly equable.

    The strong, calm man is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. "Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet serene and calm. That exquisite noise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold - yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life - a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!

    How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self control. How few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!

    Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt. Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the stroms of the soul obey him.

    Tempest-tossed souls, wherever ye may be, under whatsoever conditions ye may live, know this - in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought. In the barque of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake HIM. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. Say unto your heart, "Peace be still!"

Have you ever met a gentleman? someone who demonstrates serenity, someone with a calm aura. I'm so blessed to have met several calm people - ironically, they are millionaires. Calmly, a millionaire moves to the goal and the money flows like a river. Thanks for reading my journal today!

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