5 ways to keep calm and carry on

Do you want more abun­dance? Start with cul­ti­vat­ing habits that pro­mote in­ter­nal peace and you will open the door for abun­dance to show up in your life.

Living Now - - Editorial - by Julie Ann Cairns

Start cul­ti­vat­ing habits that pro­mote in­ter­nal peace and you will open the door for abun­dance to show up.


I nor­mally write about abun­dance. That’s kind of my main topic of ex­per­tise, but to­day I sat down at my desk and all I wanted to write about was peace.

Then it struck me: peace and abun­dance are very strongly linked. Be­cause the more abun­dance we cre­ate in our lives the more we ex­pe­ri­ence free­dom, and there’s less fear and more peace.

Only, that’s not the di­rec­tion of the causal­ity. What? Re­ally, that’s not the way it goes, at least not ini­tially.

It’s not that more abun­dance leads to less fear and more peace; it’s that ac­tively cre­at­ing the con­di­tions and cul­ti­vat­ing the habits that re­duce and tem­per our fear re­sponse and pro­mote in­ter­nal peace are the very things that open the door for more abun­dance to show up in our lives.


Here’s the thing: we’re bat­tling our evo­lu­tion­ary wiring here. As hu­man be­ings we’re wired to be alert to dan­ger. Our ner­vous sys­tems, our adrenals, and the in­for­ma­tion fil­ter­ing sys­tems in our brains all go into a hy­per alert and vig­i­lant state very eas­ily in the pres­ence of dan­ger – both real and imag­i­nary. In fact, our bod­ies don’t re­ally know the dif­fer­ence be­tween real and imag­i­nary dan­ger. The chem­i­cal re­sponse is pretty much the same ei­ther way.

When we live in this hy­per-vig­i­lant fear state, we get a kind of tunnel vi­sion. We are re­ally alert to dan­ger, but not so much to op­por­tu­nity. That’s why liv­ing this way can cut us off from be­ing able to cre­ate abun­dance in our lives. We just can’t see how.

What can trig­ger our evo­lu­tion­ary fear cir­cuitry? Lots of things that we come across ev­ery day that are not nec­es­sar­ily life or death sit­u­a­tions like: stress, run­ning late and hav­ing to rush around, traf­fic, road rage, work dead­lines, miss­ing your train, some­one you don’t even know be­ing rude to you, or ar­gu­ments. Not to men­tion watch­ing vi­o­lence on TV, play­ing vi­o­lent video games, or even some sports.

You can’t avoid all of th­ese things in life (nor may you want to), so some ac­tive counter-bal­anc­ing is key. Take steps to qui­eten down your fears, to stop feed­ing them, to cre­ate a sense of calm, and then abun­dance and op­por­tu­ni­ties can start to flow.


Once that hap­pens, we get on a pos­i­tive feed­back loop where less fear leads to more abun­dance. That abun­dance then fur­ther re­duces our fears and fi­nan­cial in­se­cu­ri­ties, open­ing the door to an even greater level of abun­dance and op­por­tu­ni­ties, and so on.

That’s the kind of up­ward spi­ral we want to be on. And it all starts by dis­con­nect­ing from fear and cul­ti­vat­ing some peace.

The big mis­take a lot of us make is to ex­pect we’ll find peace AF­TER we’ve sorted ev­ery­thing else out. Af­ter we’ve achieved a state of abun­dance, free­dom, and choice. Nope. Peace is the state of mind, the ini­tial con­di­tion if you like, that al­lows all the other good stuff to flow. Five tips for a peace­ful state of mind So how can we cul­ti­vate a peace­ful state of mind? Th­ese are my top tips:


a negativity detox. Re­ally try to re­duce the amount of neg­a­tive news, vi­o­lent shows, or video games you con­sume. It af­fects you more than you know (it ac­tu­ally changes your brain wiring and ac­ti­vates your brain’s fear cir­cuitry). Also, dial down the num­ber of in­ter­ac­tions you have with peo­ple who love to talk about fear­ful, neg­a­tive things. Send them love and be kind, but set some healthy bound­aries. With­out bound­aries, there’s no peace.


Even just a few min­utes a day can make a huge dif­fer­ence. Try an app called Headspace if you don’t know where to start.

The more abun­dance we cre­ate in our lives the more we ex­pe­ri­ence free­dom, and there’s less fear and more peace.


steps to en­hance your pro­duc­tiv­ity. The more you get done in less time, the more you’ll have time for your own self-care and the more ef­fec­tive you’ll feel. You’ll feel more con­fi­dent, ca­pa­ble, and in con­trol. And that will re­ally boost the calm fac­tor. Check out the Po­modoro tech­nique (Google it) for a sim­ple, ef­fec­tive, and easy-to-use daily pro­duc­tiv­ity en­hance­ment. It’s been around since the 1980s and it still rocks. 4Move

your body. Go for a re­lax­ing stroll. Do some stretch­ing. Not be­cause you think you’re un­fit. Not be­cause you think you need to lose weight. Not be­cause you’re push­ing your­self in any way. Just be­cause it feels good. Just be­cause we carry so much stress and ten­sion in our bod­ies and the eas­i­est way to re­lease it is to move.


grat­i­tude. No dis­cus­sion of abun­dance would be com­plete with­out men­tion­ing the power of grat­i­tude. AND prac­tic­ing grat­i­tude pro­motes a greater sense of peace. When we ac­tively ac­knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­ate all the good things in our lives, we au­to­mat­i­cally feel safer. We ac­knowl­edge what we’ve al­ready re­ceived, and sud­denly our sit­u­a­tion seems a lit­tle less dire. That helps us to tap into an ex­pe­ri­ence of more calm and more peace. KEEP IT SIM­PLE

Prac­tise th­ese tips to keep calm and carry on and watch how the op­por­tu­ni­ties and abun­dance in your life, as well as your sense of vi­tal­ity and op­ti­mism, open up when you do.

Th­ese steps sound pretty sim­ple, right? Don’t un­der­es­ti­mate their abil­ity to cre­ate a pow­er­ful trans­for­ma­tion in your life. Sim­ple is good. You don’t even have to do them all right away. I get eas­ily over­whelmed if I try to make too many changes all at once. So pick one, make it a new habit, so­lid­ify that change in your life (re­search says it takes about three or four weeks to es­tab­lish a new daily habit), and then move on to the next one.

Ev­ery lit­tle bit counts. Aim for one per cent im­prove­ment each day and within a cou­ple of months your life will be headed down a new, more abun­dant track. ■ Con­nect with other read­ers & com­ment on this ar­ti­cle at www.liv­ing­now.com.au Julie Ann Cairns is the au­thor of the top sell­ing Hay House book The Abun­dance Code: How to Bust the 7 Money Myths for a Rich Life Now, and the di­rec­tor and pro­ducer of the doc­u­men­tary of the same name, The Abun­dance Code.

Julie Ann’s life mis­sion is to em­power peo­ple to live an abun­dant life free from false be­liefs, to make a shift to the abun­dance mind­set and seek joint so­lu­tions to the most press­ing chal­lenges fac­ing our planet.

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