In this week’s photo challenge Hugh asks: “How many of you like to take some time out and get some peace and quiet on a daily basis?” I know that I do but it’s not always easy. The fast and frantic pace of life often gets in the way, which is why it’s doubly important to take a step back, a deep breath and make time to relax. To slow down to the speed of today.
Calmness comes from within but there’s no doubt that where we are and what’s around us has a huge impact. Yet even on the streets we can find calmness, it’s all in our perspective.
In slowing down amidst the whirlwind of life and on whatever road we’re traveling we can learn to tune in and appreciate even the ordinary things around us.
It’s amazing how, in moments of calm and focus, we can achieve so much. Whether it’s preparing for a job interview, juggling domestic chores or photographing a salt lake.
How is it that animals in nature seem to have a natural instinct for calm?
Like the duck that paddles like crazy underneath the water whilst on the surface appearing calm and unflappable. Sometimes that’s how we need to be to get through hard days.
Often it feels like we have a million thoughts going through our head at a given time. But even a port has a quiet time, when the ships dock. And we can find our own port of calm. Meditation, contemplation and appreciation are all ways to achieve inner peace.
When you exist in the moment nothing else matters and it can feel as though we have all the time in the world, it’s an elusive feeling but worth chasing. I still remember sitting on this jetty, a sense of being in tune with everything around me and that all was right with the world. Perfect calm.
I wish you all a quiet sense of inner peace to carry you through your busy days ahead. May you enjoy a calm state of mind today and every day.