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The Building Blocks of Calm

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Illustration Credit: Three Bowls by Geri Larkin

I remember my mother saying, “It’s a sin to worry.” When pressed to explain what she meant, she would often respond, “It’s all in God’s hands.” I think my mother used these sayings not only to help us deal with confusing or stressful situations, but as tools to help her maintain a sense of calm and equanimity in her own life.Today, I use my own sayings—or mantras—to guide my thinking and to deepen my spirituality.  I base my practice on something Swami Vivekananda once said: “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” I find that if I want to grow spiritually, I need to nourish my soul. One way I do this is through the mantras I’ve chosen to guide my way.  A mantra is generally defined as a sacred utterance that is repeated frequently, but its etymology describes it as an instrument of thought that may be used in either a religious or nonreligious context. Mantras are a form of self-talk—usually in very short utterances—which can have a powerful influence over our thinking.  For many of us, self-talk …

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Ruth Wilson, Ph.D., is a retired educator who now works with the Children and Nature Network as curator of the Research Library. 

She also devotes her time to writing and consulting, especially on issues relating to children and nature. Wilson has written several books and numerous articles on these and other topics relating to the way humans interact with the rest of the natural world.


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