For me, peace is my comfortable home, my bare feet upon the grass and the satisfaction of my five senses.
My home gives me peace because it is spacious, with large windows that allow ample, cheery sunlight to shine in. Sitting on my patio, I commune with Nature and receive a sense of grounding. I worship the morning sun in the halcyon days of summer - its rays caressing my skin and inducing a welcome soporific feeling. The negative ions of Nature's atmosphere increase my state of calm.
With devotion I gaze at the various soothing shades of the green, growing things around me: the light green of grass, the darker elm leaves and , darker still, the small shrubs. In the distance, light grey-green sage decorates the rolling hills, and the black-green of tall fir and pine trees provides a background to complete the entire palette.
I inhale the freshness of the early morning air asa light breeze strokes my sun-kissed skin. The scent of tree sap titillates my nostrils and, together with the scents of recently mown grass, clover blossoms and blooming lilacs, attempts to challenge the tranquillity of my mind - but succeeds onlyto enhancemy peace.
Crows in treetops caw, surveying their territory. Robins sing melodiously. In the placid state of mind that ensues, my heart, too, sings softly. Listening to classical music also gives me peace. Gentle piano pieces and classical guitar music soothe me. A virtuoso violin performance transports me into a world of quiet joy.
Tasting a juicy apple, sipping a robust cup of espresso, enjoying the sweetness of a fresh carrot picked from my garden, munching a wholesome, home-made cinnamon-blueberry muffin - all these add to my contentment. A delicious drink of spring water soothes and cools me. When I savor the goodness of organic vegetables, meat and fish, I feel satisfied.
When I feel satisfied, I am at peace.
Published in print under a different pseudonym.