I have went through a lot this year. Love, pain, hurt, anger,etc. It has taught me so much about myself and the others around me and how we all interact with not only each other but ourselves and the world around us on a daily basis. The best thing I have learned in all this one mantra: Be Still. You see, during one point this fall where everything in my life came to a boiling point, I felt lost, lonely, and confused. I was desperately looking for answers anywhere I could possibly think to find them. Then one night while listening to a meditation video, I heard a bible story about Jesus and some men trapped on a boat that was caught in a massive, raging storm. The other men cried out for help to Jesus and asked him to do something. Jesus told the storm two simple words: Be Still. Everything calmed down after that. The sky cleared, the waves disappeared, and the ocean became a calm and serene place for the remainder of the trip. I can't explain why but these two little words had a profound effect on me. I tried the mantra on myself that very night. I laid in bed and imagined all of my problems as a looming dark storm swirling above and I asked God to say those words to my storm. I instantly felt the storm lift. It was such a relief. Now saying all this, doesn't mean all my problems went away or everything in my life instantly became perfect but it did help me to breathe and it taught me that all storms no matter how big or small will always pass. The sky will clear, the stars will come out, and the sea will calm itself once again.