As the chaos settled, I began to clean up from within.
In my younger years, stillness was never an option for me. I was in constant need of motion. Meditation taught me motion and stillness are not mutually exclusive. By experiencing breath, I began to experience increasing calmness. Instead of participating in my thoughts, I started only to observe them. As old, recurring thoughts and emotions lessened, new ones emerged, until I finally achieved periods of complete silence.
Stillness taught that stress is linked to the future, and depression is linked to the past. So I focused on finding ground in the present moment. Through grounding, I found alignment.
I began to work with the flow of energy.