Nearly 2,000 years ago Marcus Aurelius wrote to himself:
Can there be order within you and not in everything else? In things so different, so dispersed, so intertwined?
That's a question I ask myself, perhaps not as poetically, often. When I'm practicing meditation consistently, that answer is yes. When I'm not...the answer is probably.
Depending on the situation, a move from probably → yes is paramount.
Meditating ten minutes a day makes a world of difference for me. I thought it was fitting that today's lesson from the FitMind app, an app I've been enjoying, ended in this way when speaking about practicing meditation: "You'll become increasingly able to respond from a place of stable composure."
Our surroundings will continue to be disordered. Knowing that, it's key we find practices that create and maintain order within ourselves. We have more control over our own state than anything else.
As Viktor Frankl said:
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Through practice you can choose the stable composure that resides within you.