Counting Down to Calm

"Counting down to calm" by Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB (

Via Pixabay (2015), CC0 Public Domain

I don’t know who originated this excellent tool–and may God bless them–but I’m sharing it again for those who live with Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or any number of psychological challenges that can stop us cold in our tracks and halt even prayer. This five point count down to grounding is powerful in its simplicity:

Find …

5 things you can see,
4 things you can touch,
3 things you can hear,
2 things you can smell,
1 thing you can taste.

There now. Take a deep breath, and thank the Good Lord that in all things may He be glorified.

Copyright 2017 Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB


About Author

Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB lives an eremitic life and is the author of Cultivating God’s Garden through Lent, A Garden of Visible Prayer: Creating a Personal Sacred Space One Step at a Time, 2nd Edition, and A Catholic Gardener’s Spiritual Almanac. A freelance writer with a Benedictine spirituality, Margaret has a master’s degree in communications and is a Certified Greenhouse Grower, Advanced Master Gardener, liturgical garden consultant, and workshop/retreat leader.

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