Did you know that Central Park is 843 acres? Me either!
Situated in the middle of a New York City, a city that around 8.406 million people call home, Central Park acts as an oasis. Its benches hold those on break from work, or watching their children play. Its trees, grass, and flowers are a sight for sore eyes, used to seeing mostly grey most of the time. Its playgrounds, sports fields, and ponds are a place where laughter and joy are most likely found. Whether one needs to take a stroll, a bike ride, a run, or a seat, Central Park is there for them.
Today, as I walked through the west side of Central Park, I took time to marvel at the peace. I noticed the trees, the grass, the green, the people strolling (and running!). I saw smiles. I saw people holding hands. I saw a park holding space for people/me to wander, explore, and play.
Later, as I thought back to my time there, it dawned on me that we can learn a lot from Central Park’s existence. It’s filled with ease, yet surrounded by hustle and bustle that never stops!
What we can learn from Central Park:
If Central Park can exist with the entire city (that never sleeps) around it, so to can we, find calmness/equanimity* within all that is happening around us.
Some ways that we can "be the park:"
1) TakIng a few minutes a day alone in a quite place to: do nothing
2) Practice staying calm within chaos by taking a break/throwing yourself a 30 second dance party and/or finding your own personal chaos coping tool
3) Knowing that no matter whats going on, you have a choices! Choices about how to act, react, and be in challenges.
4) Being a person that people can turn to when they need an oasis.
*Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.