Being At Peace – How Input Matters

Although it is possible to experience inner peace everywhere, it does help if a place is quiet, big and warm.

In the Northern Territory in Australia, in Kakadu National Park, the sky is my roof, the trees are my house and the uninterrupted view from a lookout is my meditation room. The earth is touching the heavens, lifting me up closer to That Which Cannot Be Named yet in an attempt to pinpoint ‘It’, could be called Spirit, Source, God, Allah or the Divine.

In such overwhelming experience of nature, almost feeling crushed between the Mother – Earth – and the Father – Heaven – words formed with letters from an alphabet feel irrelevant.

Silence is appropriate here.

You don’t have to think about being silent – it just happens. The countless sounds of nature take over. They sound like silence at first but there’s a lot to be heard! The wind, my footsteps, breathing, flies, birds, movement of lizards through dry leaves, and the earth itself. The earth seems to speak in mysterious, pulsating ‘waves’ of energy, or temperature. It’s the warmth of the sun that makes everything expand or contract, making barely noticeable sounds in a frequency that, in the city, I am not tuned into.

While the relevance and necessity of spoken language is dissolving, a space can be felt where ‘is-ness’ and peace reign. No need to fill up this space with anything but this perfect beingness.

Aaaah – such relief, such relaxation, such openness … Such oneness, such profound joy, such peace …

I do experience this perfection at times during meditation at home and even sometimes while walking a busy street, but how much easier and how much more natural this state of being occurs in nature, especially where the earth is red, where the air is warm and where there are no other human beings to be seen for hours.

With this precious memory I return to city life. I still find peace and quiet within, when the outside world gets loud and busy. But I will also physically return to quiet places, being with nature, without text, to simply ‘be’ my uninterrupted surroundings – to naturally be at peace.

If going to places like these would be impossible, I would watch nature programs more, would switch off my phone and the Internet at times, and would go to the park more often. I highly recommend allowing yourself to withdraw from the busy-ness of the city whenever you can, if you, like me, love being at peace.

Input does matter.

With peaceful regards,

Miriam Aziz

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