September Founder’s Muse

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The very secret of life for me, I believed, was to maintain in the midst of rushing events an inner tranquility.  – Margaret Bourke-White

Welcome to September at Tranquil Space. It’s back to school time and we’ve got heaps of inspiring education lined up. I hope these final days of summer are enveloping you in a cozy tranquility-inducing embrace. Warm rain is pouring outside my window while I write, sip tea, and enjoy the aroma of scented candles flickering nearby. A perfect dose of tranquility.

August has been chock-full of adventures including teaching two new workshops at Tranquil Space, overseeing a photo shoot for the fall TranquiliT collection, traveling to Oklahoma to co-host a surprise party for my parents’ 50th anniversary, hosting Tranquility Summer Camp, and dashing off to NYC for a 6-day Vegan Academy. All while seeking to infuse a spark of tranquility into the action.

I’m looking forward to hosting the Tranquility Tour Bon Voyage + Tranquilologie Book Launch on Tuesday, September 10 and here’s a sampling of the experience. You simply must come. It wouldn’t be the same without you and you get to hear from the amazing Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary and the lovely Lauren Brownstein of Tranquil Space Foundation while talented musician Tranquil Space yogini Heather McAuliffe entertains with piano and accompanying strings.

Wondering what the Tranquility Tour is all about? Here’s all the deets in plain English {with a splash of French, of course}. Our first stops are Philly, Brooklyn, and Boston. Oh, and we set up a sweet Facebook page where you can see the evolution of our vintage camper, Lillie, and more.

While involved in a writing class recently, I shared my an excerpt from my latest book {with art by the lovely Mary Catherine Starr} and got confused faces around the term tranquility. Tranquility to many sounds like time at the spa, or meditation in a remote setting, or escaping the day-to-day on a solo vacation. How can one practice tranquility and do these suggested daily, weekly, and monthly checklists?

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Embracing tranquility while living a full life is where I get inspired. It’s understandable to feel tranquil while on vacation or meditating away from everyday concerns. But finding tranquility “in the midst of rushing events,” as the quote above by Bourke-White mentions, now that’s where it gets juicy. Thus, I’ve rewritten the definition to reflect my take on it and below is a sweet graphic to serve as a reminder.

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In Living Your Yoga, Judith Lasater explains that practicing pratyahara {withdrawal of the senses and one of the eight limbs of yoga} involves being in the middle of a busy marketplace and not affected by all that is going on around you. Think Black Friday at a big box store. You are centered and at peace even among chaos.

Next time you’re in an overstimulating environment or rushing from A to B, stop, take a deep breath, and remember that tranquility can be yours. You have the choice to respond mindfully or react habitually. Keep this in mind while stuck in traffic or on a crowded beach this holiday weekend. Inhale, exhale.

Tranquility is: wrapping your hands around a warm cuppa tea, taking a deep breath in the midst of tension, saying what you mean and meaning what you say, feeling comfortable in your own skin, spending quality time with loved ones {sans smartphone}, living authentically, savoring a homemade meal, doing work that feels good, walking in the woods surrounded by fall foliage, getting clear on what you want, constantly learning, savoring a green juice, penning deep thoughts in a journal, feeling sunshine on your skin, stepping just outside your comfort zone, meeting a deadline with grace {or at all}, pausing and doing a body scan.

Explore the quality of calm within your full and meaningful life. Now that, my friendsis tranquility. What does tranquility mean to you?

Wishing you a beautiful conclusion to summer and I look forward to celebrating with you on September 10 as we kick off to sprinkle tranquility across North America.

Tranquilly yours,

Kimberly Wilson

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