As I sit here, the sun is creating streaks of light across my back yard, I can hear the birds all around performing their morning serenade. My son has not yet awakened, the only sound in the house is the occasional click from the coffee pot. I’m watching two of the used to be feral but not yet tame cats playing in the spots of grass in the backyard. My dogs are out front, sprawled out and watchful while I sit here with my coffee.
Out back there is a swing that is several years old, that I have placed cushions on. Later, I may make my way out there to sit and enjoy what is my slice of heavenly peace. The cats may not like that, but by that time they will have probably returned to where they hide during the day.
After the past year, I have come to realize how I have been denying myself this gift. The gift of peace, of calm, of quiet. I was always so busy, to work, to errands, to responsibilities, always moving. I neglected to realize, how important it is, to simply sit, and listen. To take a good book outside, and read or not. To have music, soft, restful music that allows your heart and soul to relax and heal from all of that rushing about. To allow the mind to calm and not be constantly firing off all of those needed thoughts and actions.
For a while, I had solar lights along my fence out front. Cheap lights only last so long, but for a while, I could sit and watch as they came on at dusk, as they brightened up a section of my yard for a while. I have a small store bought fire pit and I enjoy watching the flames of a fire. To feel the warmth, but to watch the light as it dances and moves, taking you to a place of calm. To hear the crackle of the wood as it burns. To sit in the otherwise dark, hearing the sounds of nature around me. Is magical and peaceful.
There are many ways, to give yourself those moments. Each individual different in what brings them peace. Some times with others, often alone. We don’t have to wander out into the wilderness, but those times are a wonderful experience. We can find ways to make peace in the midst of our personal chaos. A quiet room, a balcony, a walk around the block. To find time to meditate, to pray, to find balance.
The important thing, is that we find it, that we create and allow those moments for our mind and body to find healing in the quiet.
My neighbors are not the quietest of people. One has a car stereo that he plays so loudly I have been calling him Thumper because you hear that bass before you see his vehicle. Another plays the drums. I could allow that to disturb my quiet, but I have learned to ignore and allow. I do not live on this road alone. Peace is also accepting that fact of life. We share this planet, this country, a town, a neighborhood with others. They will have their own ways to find their peace, we have to learn to find ways to live with them, as we find our quiet. The focus on what we need, peace.
When we learn how to create the calm, the quiet in our lives, those moments when we allow ourselves rest, then, our lives become much more peaceful, much better, much happier.