Reach balance, stay present to find happiness

Amongst the chaos of the natural disasters around the country, local assaults against our fellow students and personal challenges, the world can often seem a bit overwhelming.

When things get hectic the best thing to do is stay present.

As difficult as this may seem, there’s a framework that can provide some assistance with this idea. It’s been said that depression is caused from dwelling on the past, and anxiety is caused from irrational scenarios of the future.

Both of these extremes come from failing to accept what is right now.

Spiritual teachers around the world have been promoting this idea of presence for centuries. The idea has remained relatively consistent and seeks to promote the same thing.

Finding balance outside of yourself must begin from within. This requires being present in every moment possible, whether they be difficult or not.

Another term for this is “no mind” because all the internal chatter in your mind is silenced. This allows you to think about things that matter.

When you achieve this it presents itself as a warm feeling of euphoria. The flowers smell especially wonderful, the trees are noticeably greener, even the sidewalk seems to catch your footsteps better.

Some achieve this sense of calming via meditation, but there are various ways in which it can successfully be obtained.

Being meticulously aware of your surrounding details is another way to achieve this.

When you are completely engaged in the moment, you automatically push aside the things that cause  the unnecessary pain.

This isn’t to say that we can just forget our obligations to work and school, but rather we should be incorporating these techniques to help achieve a better quality of work.

Being present allows a person to focus on the task at hand, to make clear and concise decisions and
really illustrate the best of his or her abilities.

As I’ve been practicing these things in my own life, I’ve noticed a new sense of clarity in my everyday activities.

Simple things like making a pot of coffee have become exciting and refreshing.

Yet, I’m also able to calmly attack a stack of homework.

I believe that there are healthy ways to cope with all of life’s challenges. I think it’s important that college students are aware of these options.

College can be an influential time in a young adult’s life, and now is when we should be investing in learning productive skills in dealing with stress and problem solving.

Kelsey Sutton 

Managing editor

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