The Calm in the Storm
July 29, 2019

It was a shock to the system.

There were acres of tents and vans on a sloping field; thousands of people squashing into different marquees listening to dozens of speakers and bands.field full of camper vans

The noise was constant, the pulsing beat of music thumped through the air until dawn. There was the buzz of people talking; the whirring roar of site vehicles kicking up a spray of white dust from the bone-dry gravel tracks.

Dirt, noise, smells …. this was my first ever festival.

We arrived at Port Elliot festival on the Thursday evening. I’m more used to striding out across the still landscape of Dartmoor. I’m used to breathing deeply, sensing my connection with nature and observing acres of greenery stretching towards a coastal horizon.

Here at the festival, my senses were overloaded, I felt out of kilter and off-balance.

On the Friday morning, I emerged from the camper van and took a walk. Instinctively I knew the need to settle internally.

viaduct over river tiddy

There is the wonderful tidal River Tiddy snaking its way towards the Lynher and I followed it as far as a viaduct.

It was early and there were fewer people around. The lushness of the Tiddy’s banks, the oozing slimy mud, the views towards a pastoral landscape, recalibrated my internal system. It was good to experience a sense of peace, of groundedness and be reminded of the constant tidal rhythms of nature.

My initial impression of the festival was like the dizziness of a child, who has spun around and around. If you want to stop feeling dizzy – you need to stop spinning – it lifts of its own accord. The morning walk allowed that woozy sense of unsteadiness to gradually dissipate.

All I needed to do was to listen to my Inner Compass, to connect, to allow my internal balancing system to do its thing and to recalibrate to the life of a festival-goer.

As the weekend unfolded I found myself absorbed and delighted by the very things that had initially knocked me off balance. The bands, the speakers, the vibrant energy of thousands of people – these were now something to relish, enjoy and to embrace.

I listened avidly to speakers talking about non-duality, screen-writing, brain neurology, I went foraging on the edge of the river, I listened to bands, learnt some dance moves and ate food on a table set for 150 people on the edge of the River Tiddy.

long table beside riverThe whole weekend was a microcosm of watching the Inner Compass at work. From my initial alarm at the onslaught of the bewildering unknown to the settled calm and adjustment to a new environment where I absorbed learning, laughter and fun.

When you tune in to your Inner Compass, to that deeper intuitive knowing, then you find yourself able to navigate through life and to take the next steps.

There is no guarantee that you’ll enjoy life or avoid hardship. However, when you listen inwardly I guarantee you’ll notice when that internal sense of ‘lostness’ arises and you’ll realise it’s a message to slow down and not to speed up.

It’s good to see that any form of internal upset and insecurity is your Inner Compass just letting you know you’re out of balance. It’s letting you know that you’ve forgotten who you truly are. It’s good information. Like the child who is dizzy from spinning around, it’s just a message to stop spinning faster and faster.

Keep listening in to your compass – it’s the most trustworthy navigational system any of us can wish for. It will always point towards the calm within whatever storm we feel in life.

You might not know where the path will ultimately take you, but you will know how and when to take the next step.

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Liz Scott & Stu Newberry are trainers, coaches and speakers. They work with individuals and groups across the UK. They also help develop coaching cultures (founded on wellbeing) within schools and organisations.

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