That Kind Of Peace


5:30 am. Ink dark outside. Cold. Breakfast of oats, flaxseeds, banana, avocado, raw honey, almond milk, yogurt and organic green tea and poetry. And this simple yet calming poem by Wendell Berry, “The Peace of Wild Things,” touches my being to its deepest core. Comforting. Inspiring. Healing. Nature soothes a weary soul. When you are with nature you are free. It makes you realize that peace is not elusive if you choose it not to be, it helps you journey to a place where there is no need to analyze but to just surrender to the logic of the heart to make sense of things; it allows you to deeply connect to the kind of peace that the ancients know thousands of years ago. It is the kind of peace that takes you away from the maddening world and makes you focus on a yellow leaf resting on an aged cold stone and lifts you up to a sense of awe and wonder because it tingles your heart and brings you back to what a child sees. It has a way of putting you in a placid disposition, giving new awareness and clarity in seeing the world in a more compassionate way. And then you are transported to that other part of existence, that other reality, that is peaceful, beautiful and benevolent. It is what it is. And for that one moment you find yourself at peace with yourself and the world. And time momentarily collapses.

About Virgilio Gavia

Interests: poetry, photography, writing (prose and poetry), walking/hiking, reading (non-fiction and books of poetry) drinking coffee and herbal teas, camping, fishing, contemplating, solitude, silence, traveling, faded jeans, meaningful conversation, wabi-sabi, haiku, tanka, Jazz, Classical, oldies, all the books of Thomas Merton, Joseph Campbell, Thomas Moore, John O'Donohue, Mary Oliver, David Whyte, Mark Strand, ancient Chinese and Japanese poets, The Bible, spirituality, philosophy, psychology, sociology, history, humanities and the arts.
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4 Responses to That Kind Of Peace

  1. maskednative says:

    This is peace Virgilio. Your photo is beautiful. Hidden within the yellow leaf, the memories of growth, of trees, transcending thought, time, space. Beautiful.

    • Thanks Teri. My photography deals with contemplation, with symbolisms, those hidden meanings…It’s more about contemplative photography. I’m glad you went deeper in looking at the image and discovered those hidden meanings. Going more deeper, you uncover more…where it leads you…photography is so interesting especially if you go beyond.

  2. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful, Virgilio. Lovely, simple photo, and heartfelt words. You and I are both healed by Nature. Thanks for coming by my site and for the follow. I look forward to enjoying more posts on your site.

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