How Do You Find Your Place of Peace?

May 15, 2016

Beach at sunsetThere is a song sung by Petula Clark called, “I know a place”. The song talks about a location “where the lights are low.” I have a favorite retreat where I can sit and reflect on life and enjoy the peaceful sounds.
It’s not the place Petula was singing about. It’s the ocean.
The Place
I grew up on the east coast of Florida. Though we lived inland, my favorite spot was the beach. When I moved out of state, I didn’t regret leaving the humidity, the heat, the palm trees or the bugs. My big regret was leaving the Atlantic Ocean.
Now, when I vacation to the beach, my serenity is renewed by the sound of tumbling waves spilling over the shore, and the cries of the seagulls as they glide in the breeze. White capped waves and watery reflections of the sun remind me of the Creator. Calm, gratitude and stillness renew me.
Peace as defined by WordWeb.
• Harmonious relations
• Freedom from disputes
• The absence of mental stress or anxiety

I like the last definition. Because we are human and we live in an imperfect world, problems are a part of life. For years researchers have studied the effect of stress on the body. The proof is in the effect on the heart and other organs.
How and Where?
You don’t have to travel miles and miles to get to find serenity. Often, you can find it in a room in your home, or in a park or perhaps in a view outside your window. I have a place of peace in my home where I can reflect on God’s word. The room is quiet and still. I meet God there. The time is early morning, before daylight. Before my husband awakens. Before the dog goes out.

Your place of peace may be different. If you are working or getting kids off to school, carving out time alone can be a challenge. Yet a challenge, not to be ignored.

It is important to find your place of peace and clear your mind of the next thing on your to-do list. The time for quiet can be short and the benefits are huge.
Find a location where you can have a moment of peace. A patio, a porch, a bedroom.
Where is your place of peace? Do you have a favorite vacation spot that is a special place? Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

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8 Comments

  • Reply MWC May 17, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Look forward to seeing more.

    • Reply Seeker May 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Thank you, Mike. I’m glad you like it.

  • Reply Donna (Just One Donna) May 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations on getting started with your blog. It seems like you and I may be on the same wavelength. The beach is my place for peace and serenity, too. Whenever I have something to work out I take a long walk on the beach. I’m lucky to have a home by the shore. Occasionally, I’ll post a video of the ocean. I don’t like to leave links in comments, but you might enjoy this post of mine about finding solitude. http://www.justonedonna.com/2016/02/finding-solitude.html

    • Reply Seeker May 20, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      The beach is one of my favorite vacation places. We live about 7 hours from the Gulf, and FT. Walton is where we usually stay.Thank you for stopping to visit. I loved your video of the ocean and especially liked the fog horn in the background. Thank you for leaving the link.

  • Reply PMP May 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Congratulations on your blog! I too find great peace in the sound of water, whether it is the ocean, a rippling stream, or rushing river– it is soothing white noise, overpowering and rinsing away the annoyances of life, if only for a while. Really needed this redirection to the power of Nature to heal, looking forward to future posts.

    • Reply Seeker May 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Thank you, Pam. I like your description of the soothing sounds of the ocean. It makes me want to jump into the car and head to FL.

  • Reply Robyn Rantz May 21, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I would like to escape the madness of the city life. When you live off of 400 you will understand
    how commuting to work and going one exit can take 45 minutes. I have more compassion and
    understand the stress our families today.

    Thank you for posting your memories of the Atlantic ocean and how relaxing it was for you. I do miss living
    in Florida too. Next time I am sitting on 400, I will think of our childhood days in Florida on the beach.

    Robyn

    • Reply Seeker May 21, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you, Robyn. This time of year makes me long for the ocean.

      Vicki

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