How to Be Serene
Calm has a deep and natural appeal. Most of us long to be more patient, unruffled, at ease and capable of reacting with quiet good humour to life’s setbacks and irritants. But if calm is an ocean, most of us are still in the shallows.
How to Be Serene teaches us the art of responding with greater serenity to our challenges. It proposes:
- Many of the things we fret about are neither random nor vain.
- The things we worry about are obscure yet critical signals about what may be amiss in our lives.
- We should not to try to deny or neuter anxiety, but learn to interpret it more skillfully.
- We should decode the valuable shards of information that our moments of panic are attempting to transmit to us.
Every failure of calm can be analysed in order to reveal something worth knowing about ourselves. Every worry and frustration, every episode of impatience or burst of irritation has wisdom to yield to us, so long as we take the trouble to interrogate it. This class invites us to look more carefully and slowly at our own agitation, with the aim of clarifying our underlying concerns.
How to Be Serene teaches us a toolkit for how to mine our distress for wisdom, and by so doing, to triumph over free-floating or intense anxiety.