Knowing myself as Peace fortifies my inner awareness of the unity within. Through gratitude for the Life I Am, I connect with harmony. Through harmony, I am restored and strengthened, and am thus able to carry my Inner Peace to all of life’s activity surrounding me.
Walking in circles. Usually my daily walk involves walking multiple times around a quarter mile path at a local park. It is good for me, both physically and mentally. I will recite my mantram, sometimes I will (thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh), chant Peace, Joy, Peace, Joy, in rhythm of my steps. It Is all good. And I have to admit, in spite of the pretty scenery, and my mantrams, I find myself ready to be done after about 4-5 laps. Physically I could go much farther. I often do 6 to 8 laps or more when walking with someone, our discussions keep us going.
I also walk with a friend at another park, on the beach. It is not a circle, we wander up and down the beach, we wander through the driftwood and the seaweed, we gaze out upon the water, and we see birds and islands across the sound. Today we saw a blue heron, standing one legged on a rock protruding above the water.
The sights and sounds at the beach bring me to peace and harmony. Or maybe it is because we pause, and take notice of the beauty around us. What I know is I find Peace here at the beach more readily than walking in circles at the other park. I don’t understand why that is, but I know that is my experience. There is value in knowing what triggers my awareness of harmony and Peace. Perhaps I “should” be able to find Peace and Harmony anywhere, anytime. The truth is, I will take any help I can get. So if walking on the beach allows me to be strengthened and restored, so “beach” it!
We are blessed to have this wonderful beach park in our neighborhood. And we are going to stay at the ocean for a few days next week; it is only a few hours’ drive from home. Going to the ocean brings me to a state of wholeness, and harmony with the natural world. Looking out at the ocean, I know that our world is okay. We go to the ocean to rebalance our energy.
“Ocean Mother, wash over me, help me sustain my life”, “to rebalance my energy, so I can live together with all things” partial lyrics from “Deep Within” by Alicia Bonnet on her Emergence album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCEuyYtQGj0. Truly beautiful.