Cultivating Calm Amongst the Chaos

The cacophony of noise was overwhelming as I tried to study the list of teas. The sign above me read: “Welcome to your happy place.” Yeah right, I thought. THIS is not my happy place. I felt more like the Grinch amongst the incessant chatter, laughter and noise. I debated turning around and leaving, but instead chose to stay. I started repeating the following silently: sthira sukham asanam. As I continued for a few moments, the noise began to dissipate. My mind calmed, my mood softened. I could still somewhat hear the other patrons and the music, but inside I felt calm, centered, at ease. 

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