The May Bloggers for Peace challenge is all about the relationship of art and peace. Kozo of Everyday Gurus has asked participating bloggers to post about how art and peace are related in their lives. Some of his suggestions for completing the May challenge are:
- Create a piece of art that brings peace to the world and post it on your blog.
- Publish a photo, painting, film clip, poem, sculpture, music video, dance video, or book excerpt that brings peace into your life. Explain how the art makes you a more peaceful person.
My May Bloggers for Peace challenge entry consists of a simple iPhone photo I took while on a business trip in Kentucky this week along with a haiku that I wrote to capture the experience.
Mountains at sunset.
Sweet scent of honeysuckle.
I know there is peace.
Nature always helps me feel more at peace. When the stress and struggles of life start weighing on my mind it is usually an experience with nature that helps calm me down. This was certainly true this week during my business trip in Kentucky. The end of fiscal year stresses of my sales job combined with the fact that my exercise routine (running) has been curtailed by a foot injury for the last two months had me feeling low. Low to the point of actually feeling run down. On Wednesday, despite this feeling, I went for a walk anyway and I was treated to this scene. It was a pleasant night with the temperature in the mid 70s. The sky was vibrant with the pinks, purples, and blues created by the waning sun. Honeysuckle, blooming thickly in the empty lots around the hotel, produced a heavy, sweet, scent that calmed my mind. The sounds of crickets in the brush and birds calling to each other in the trees rounded out the experience and helped lift my mood.
Nature has a way of helping me remember how much more there is to this world. It is so easy to get wrapped up in perceived problems and therefore miss the beauty that is all around. When I witness the beauty of nature I become thankful. Thankful that the beauty exists. Thankful for the opportunity to witness the beauty. Feeling thankful brings me peace. My Kentucky sunset experience brought back my peaceful side and the feeling has stayed with me ever since.
Does nature help you feel more at peace? Does art? Music? Please let us know by leaving a comment.
An interesting side note: I had not read the May Bloggers for Peace challenge prior to my walk this past Wednesday. I went for the walk and had the peaceful experience first. I returned to my hotel room and then read the challenge. I knew right away that my walk at sunset experience was what I needed to write about.
With Peace and Gratitude,
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