Linda Connors is a Coach in London and Somerset. To find out more call 075 3421 3557.
Namaste! For three weeks over Christmas and the New Year I was travelling around India with my partner. We had some amazing times, and also very challenging times - if anyone who has been to India understands!
It's a vibrant country, filled with chaos, noise, pollution, over populated but at times we also witness incredible kindness, compassion and care by Indian's amazing citizens.
This was my second trip to India - something keeps calling me back and finally after 15 years I decided to pack my bags and go off exploring again.
On Christmas day we ended up at the Taj Mahal - the beautiful monument of love. Even through India is predominately a Hindu country over Christmas and the New Year many take time off and offices are closed. When we arrived at the Taj Mahal there was massive crowds - thousands upon thousands of people trying to get a glimpse of a love that time has passed with a few foreign tourists thrown in.
When we eventually made it into the tomb section - it was horribly overcrowded - people were constantly pushing in the tight space, trying to get to the front, and then pushing to try to make it the exit.
It was so easy to get caught up in the chaos, the movement, the rush, the crowds and lack of personal space. For a while I did and then I stopped with a realisation I had a choice to continue with the stress of the experience or I could change my emotional state and alter my experience.
I said to my partner lets just stand here and meditate for a while. Holding hands with each other and our other hand on the beautiful marble rail we closed our eyes and meditated. It felt time had stood still, the chaos was around me but it wasn't part of me and within me there was peace, quiet and contentment.
Around me there was chaos
This is not the inner world I wanted
nor the experience I was looking for
I closed my eyes
to find an inner wold of
silence, calmness and peace
My heart opened
to the beautiful place before me
My heart smiled
as I opened my eyes
a new experience awaits me.
When I reflect now back to the Taj Mahal - I don't remember the chaos, the crowds, the pushing or the noise (or the constant whistles of the policemen telling people off!) I remember a wonderful inner peace and joy as I stood within the Taj Mahal embraced by its beauty.
Regardless of what is happening in your life, chaos, challenging times, or things outside of your control you too can find a beautiful inner peace.
Finding inner peace isn't complex or complicated. It's a choice. Close your eyes, place a hand on your heart, breathe, smile and flow down into your heart. Enjoy!