Mindful crisis management

Mindful crisis management

If our minds are unwavering in the face of overwhelming calamities we can probably skip the following two pages. However, sometimes we are not aware of our own internal resistance to our endeavors. The only reflections of unrecognized mental obstacles we would witness would be the persistence of unwanted external events, their repetitions or unexplained “accidents”.

Obsolete views support crisis situations

Most crisis situations in our lives are supported (or provoked) by our own internal problems. Our mental grasping, non-ecological views and resulting destructive emotions “unintentionally” invest in losses, “accidents”, conflicts with others. Troubles we cannot accept cause our emotions to spiral and keep us in a vicious circle of undermining ourselves. Unless we find the strength to balance our state of mind despite the unresolved problem.

Pyrrhic victory

Ignoring our compromised state of mind and enforcing external-only solutions normally leads to less desirable outcomes. Or short-lived ones. A mindful and holistic approach to resolving crisis implies handling both external and internal issues.

A scale of the external crisis may reflect the scope of internal issues

The bigger the event, the larger the scale of our otherwise latent internal issues that may get triggered. The deeper and stronger the obsolete views and habits that hijack our state of mind. The types of issues that cannot be easily tackled by a 15-minute meditation or a visit to a gym. A solution may take hours, days or weeks of intensive effort. It may even require external help.

A balanced state for decision-making and inspiring others

It goes without saying that a balanced state of mind is quite helpful for both finding and executing a solution. Enjoying resilience to adverse circumstances, maintaining unbiased critical reasoning, creativity, an ability to adapt, and, naturally, inspiring others. These are just some of the rewards for taking responsibility and patiently addressing our internal issues.

Taking control by accepting its loss

It is much easier to manage the situation if we are able to accept it is not going our way. Let it go internally, stop grasping at outcomes, mentally forcing others to do what we want or punishing them for their non-compliance. Be able to accept any outcome without producing anger, fear, destructive emotions and non-ecological thoughts.

Blaming others

We lose otherwise productive and very much needed resources by being angry with people who do not do what we want, the imperfections of the situation, the unfairness of the world, etc.

Other people can obviously influence both our external situations and emotions. But it is our choice whether to allow the impact to last.

Blaming ourselves

Taking responsibility does not mean blaming ourselves, hating our inabilities or “bad luck”. It is about stopping the problems of our own making, changing what can be changed.

It is much easier to prevent a crisis than resolve it

Once the adversity of the situation and our destructive responses gain momentum, it is very hard to stop them. It always pays off to be mindful daily and prevent an escalation in its early stages. We need to tackle our destructive tendencies before they lead to external troubles.