Friday, January 20, 2012

the tones

"The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will



~ Christian Dior

Lately, as those of you who read this blog regularly know, I've been seeking calm through colour. As it happens, I am wildly in love with gray, turquoise and certain shades of pink lately. The combination has such a beautiful effect on me - so serene.

What is to be be calm?  How elusive, really, is that state?  A friend of mine pointed out this cool site recently, where you can sign up for a course on how to stay calm.  I liked the opening, which says that we often show off how stressed we are as way to express our own 'personal significance.'

Here is a description of the course, from the School of Life:

We start with the writings of theologians and philosophers like Soren Kierkegaard and Paul Tillich who’ve argued that anxiety is intrinsic to our existence, a natural response to our freedom and the inevitability of death.
We then go on to explore two key relationships that we can improve – our relationship with the world, and our relationship with self.  Drawing on survival stories, philosophy, mindfulness theory and the history of carnival, we examine ways in which we can achieve healthier emotional well-being and overall calm.  What can the experiences of wilderness, beauty or tragedy teach us?  And how can we find the courage to ‘take on’ the world if the source of our anxiety is not within us, but in specific, external causes of injustice or distress?
If I lived in central London, I would be sorely tempted to take this course.  Today will be the long day of errands, but I won't list them or tell you how stressed I am as a way of expressing my own personal significance.  : )  Wishing you all calm things, S.

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