I will never forget about my trip to Italy this summer where I had the privilige to trek mountains for 3 days all by myself in Gran Paradiso.
The peace I experienced up in the mountains, only surrounded by beautiful nature, healed me from the inside out and I realised that I have everything that I need. The stress from the world “down there” felt far away and far from attractive and I wanted to stay up in the mountains forever.
I often think about this trip I made and long for the next time I can trek a mountain. Only a few weeks after Italy I went to Wicklow Mountains while in Ireland with a friend, and we felt the same peace there.
We humans are super sensitive and being in a city is always a bit stressful and distracting, it’s definately easier to find peace in nature, but it’s also mental and/or emotional. Maybe even spiritual, but you don’t necessarily have to be like Buddha to experience it.
These days I’ve been reminded of how I have everything I need for this life and the next thanks to my relationship with Jesus (if that sounds weird to anyone he did actually resurrect aight) it has put away my focus on everything else I generally crave in life and has left me in peace once again. Once we are in that state of focus it’s easier to feel peace and appreciate the small things in life.
Today I took a walk in nature when I suddenly felt the exact same peace I did in the mountains. I was staring at the grass, oddly enough, when I saw a drop of water reflect in the sun and it was extremely beautiful. If I would’ve taken this walk thinking about all the problems I have in life I wouldn’t have noticed the beauty of that drop.
We’re so caught up in the things of this world, as it’s written in the Bible, that we forget about all the simple things sometimes. We’re so caught up in what we can attain that we forget about what we already have, and that’s why we keep destroying our nature.
I understand that it’s hard to find this peace if you think that you have to meditate like Buddha or act perfectly like some Christians, but what Jesus actually said is much more simple than what most Christians live today. Love Him and it will turn out just fine, that’s basically the message. If you can’t love Him you need to know Him, and you will know Him if you seek Him. It’s that simple.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. I John 2:15-17 NKJV
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22:36-38 NKJV
I think we find peace when we find focus, but only true focus that comes from within, it doesn’t have to be far away though.