International Peace day happened this week on the 21st September.
Hmph I thought. Not much peace in my life at the moment. Waking up at 5.30am unable to go back to sleep mulling over various solutions to current life problems. Cancelling dinner plans because of having to work late. Not running because I couldn’t be bothered and I’d rather a glass of wine due to all of this paragraph. A proper self indulgent poor me moment.
I sat down to write this blog and I thought what does peace mean to me? I often think peace for an individual is about solitude & time for yourself. Sometimes I worry I’m not getting enough peace! Now adays you’re almost looked at as some kind of odd bod if you spend much time alone. Buddhism encourages times of solitude (I’m not a Buddhist by the way but I do enjoy much of their strategies on life – as an aside I did go to one meeting with someone I shall not name many many years ago, during one mantra I turned to said friend and said ‘does it sound like they’re singing I want a chicken korma to you’. Our fits of giggles were pure nerves at the time but it didn’t go down that well, understandably!)
As I was saying Buddhism encourages solitude because if you are ease with yourself then there is nothing to fear from being alone I guess. A great place to be.
I am digressing rather a lot in this blog – as I said I thought about this word peace and what it means to me.
I did eventually get my a*** out of bed early Wednesday morning and ran (slowly) 7k with my pooch. Despite being out of breath I felt happy inside. On Wednesday at lunch time my mum called over and a favourite song of hers came on the radio. She turned it up loud (so that’s where I get it from!) and we both danced in the kitchen until the end. The pooch joined in. My son did not. That moment of getting away from it all just for those few minutes gave me a free mind. I immersed myself in a film at the cinema one night, as I chewed on my cola bottles and crunched at the pop corn and laughed out loud, my mind was feeling very stress free. Peacful.
I think my point is that peace can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Yes it can be solitude, it can be time on top of a mountain, it can be yoga or meditating but all that is not always possible in our busy lives.
How do you find peace?
Peace for me is when I’m at ease with myself whatever the situation, dancing, laughing, walking etc etc. Anything that gives my brain a change of scene to one free of worry whether that’s a few minutes or a couple of hours.
It’s so important to give your mind a break from the daily grind. As the saying goes.. dance like nobody’s watching. It feels great!
Happy peacful Sunday everyone xxx
Ps I’ll be panting my way running 11.5KM around Llyn Alwen from 9.30am!!! Wish me luck! X