I recently subscribed to Maria Shriver's newsletter, Sunday Paper. (You can subscribe here .) In one fell swoop, she coalesced for me what I and apparently many others have been experiencing — the sense that we're living in a parallel universe.
We seem to be living in a world of alternative facts, which in turn makes one question any and all facts. When people want to confuse you — be it in your home, your place of work, the movies or in the world at large — they create alternate realities so convincing that you begin to doubt your own reality and, in turn, you feel like you’re starring in some strange film. ~Maria Shriver, Shriver Media
She suggests, as do I, we take a reality check. Here's what Maria does:
- She writes.
- She tunes out the noise.
- She turns to her meditation practice.
- She stays focused on what she knows to be real and true.
When you're feeling confused, I recommend finding a place of peace and calm. The paradox is that confusion can also be a good thing because confusion can awaken us to a greater awareness.
The following is a favorite mantram I repeat when I'm feeling overwhelmed by the illusion of a world spinning out of control.
Lead us O Lord,
From darkness to light,
From the unreal to the real,
From death to immortality,
From chaos to beauty.