Feeling overwhelmed —as is true of all emotions— is objectless. It is not caused by external conditions. It is a state of mind.
Somehow or other, we have managed to get through previous ‘overwhelming’ situations. We always do.
It may have seemed at times like some situation was so dire as to be unendurable, and yet here we are. We have endured; we have coped to the best of our abilities. We have survived.
When we mentally escape to where we would like to be, rather than where we are, and to another time —in memories of the past, or expectations of the future— the mind becomes agitated and obscured.
Peace is not the absence of challenges, but their confident acceptance. Clarity is not the superimposition of a fixed concept of how things should be, but the unbiased perception of things as they are.
Feel the body, notice the breath, observe the mind. When we align all three, we are present, here and now. We occupy this space, at this time, and our capacity to make better decisions increases.
We are at peace. We are clear.