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19/01/2012
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“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” Thich Nhat Hanh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir by North South Trail...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... A Walk on the Croton Aqueduct

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Reservoir facing North South Trail

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

I am coming a tad late to the Peaceful Photo Challenge as I postponed it yesterday for the important event on SOPA/PIPA Peace is an active not a static endeavor and everyday, people speak up, standup, sacrifice their comfort, and even die for the sake of peace… Although we seek solace in peaceful settings, those places cannot protect us if the world we step away from, albeit temporarily, is in chaos. ओम्, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti… ॐ

“There’s something about the water – that solitary kind of peaceful feeling. You’re on Earth but not quite.”  John C. Reilly

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Halsey Pond Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful...View of Old Gatehouse at Halsey Pond

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... A Bird's Nest in the Sky at Sunset

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

I’ve written so much about the Old Croton Aqueduct and Scenic Hudson Park that I’ve ignored the fact that there are tons of beautiful trails, parks, ponds and pathways in my area. All of these wonderfully serene places offer us a way to retreat, regroup and refresh.

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” Gautama Buddha

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Deer at Rest in my Backyard...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Tangy Resting indoors..

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

The resting deer and sleeping Tangy, our family cat, epitomized “Peaceful” quite well. We are at our most peaceful when we cross the path from a state of alertness to a state of rest and sleep.

“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.” Paul Walker

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... French Countryside near Omaha Beach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Normandy Beach... at peace

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

Water is both cleansing and soothing… When I think of peacefulness, the image of  a vast yet steady ocean rises within me. But peace must come from within, for even the ocean froths and roils, ebbs and flows, saddens us with tsunamis.

“Often, before returning home, I would take a long and roundabout way and pass by the peaceful ramparts from where I had glimpses of other provinces, and a sight of the distant country.”  Pierre Loti

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Hammocks at Omega Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Halsey Pond Frozen

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

In times of change, conflict, and even catastrophe, we pause to formulate a course of action… Take a seat for a while, you haven’t missed a thing. The fruits of your cumulative actions await you. Seek Peaceful options and solutions. More below.

“My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.” Hamlin Garland

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Storm King landscape

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Expansive view - Halsey Pond

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

Whenever possible, return to the primitive (nature) and the peaceful… There is much we can learn from the sights and sounds in nature. When we stop to look, listen and learn from what we see, nature gazes right back lovingly; she is not offering the beguiling gaze of a silent, distant lover…

“Do not confuse peace of mind with spaced-out insensitivity. A truly peaceful mind is very sensitive, very aware.” Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Meditation Hall at Omega

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Gazebo at Hidden Park

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

Every living thing deserves a place to call home, a roof overhead, a sense of peace and personal pride.  Where is your home? Is peace in residence there? Where is your home away from home?

“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.” Jawaharlal Nehru

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Sunset Rock at North South Trail

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful...Walking path at North South Trail

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

A rock, a walking path, calming waters nearby, silence, steadiness = peacefulness.

“Watch your manner of speech if you wish to develop a peaceful state of mind. Start each day by affirming peaceful, contented and happy attitudes and your days will tend to be pleasant and successful.” Norman Vincent Peale

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Place to Rest at Halsey Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful… Pathway to Halsey Pond Park

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

We all need rest; especially when our hearts are troubled by the travails of life… When our foundation is shaken and our peace is attacked, we must follow the inner pathway of prayer and reflection… Our answers can be found there.

“All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.” Meister Eckhart

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Meditative Path - Halsey Pond Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful... Forest Shades... somewhere

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all find peace within and without
Wherever we look, May peace follow us there
Whatever we do, May peace meet us there…

May your life and household be blessed. May you find peace waiting patiently at your door. May your dreams be filled with peaceful visions and your days enriched by peaceful encounters… ओम्, Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti… ॐ

What do you think? What type of Peaceful photos did you get? Was it easy/hard to find the shots for your examples of Peaceful? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 Happy New Year! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

Positive Motivation Tip: We learn how to find serenity from the unexpected and the chaotic… Embrace the lessons…

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

26 Comments leave one →
  1. 19/01/2012 8:57 pm

    A great collection of peace quotes, Elizabeth. I didn’t do this challenge, not sure why since I have tons of peaceful photos. Thanks for this.

    • 19/01/2012 9:10 pm

      Unfortunately, there was a glitch of some sort… I was attempting to schedule the post when somehow the post got published before I could add my pictures… Do come back again! It is in moments like this that we learn a lesson on what it takes to act from a place of peace… I accepted that stuff happens! TY! 🙂

  2. 19/01/2012 9:12 pm

    The first photo is breathtaking and my favorite! Very peaceful indeed.

  3. 19/01/2012 9:44 pm

    wonderful collection of peaceful pieces and quotes. I find the photo with the great expanse of sand serene.

    “All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.”

  4. 19/01/2012 11:18 pm

    Some lovely photos, but the deer and cat are my favourites.

  5. 20/01/2012 3:00 am

    Peaceful shots, peaceful words… Thanks for filling my mind with some peace – I was badly in need of it.

  6. 20/01/2012 3:22 am

    the deer at rest in your backyard – sent by an angel, it seems – take care for!

  7. 20/01/2012 5:51 am

    Very calming, peaceful photos! Love the beautiful capture of the deer resting in your backyard. Your positive motivation tips always inspire me. Thank you.

  8. 20/01/2012 7:21 am

    So many amazing pictures you shared with the post. God Bless 🙂

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    20/01/2012 7:41 am

    This is meditative and peaceful. I re-read it several times and printed it out for my fridge door. Peace is inside and it comes from deep place that we can all tap into. You have and this post is peaceful and powerful.
    B

  10. 20/01/2012 9:48 am

    What beauty, dear Elizabeth, and ah what peace lies there! Thanks so very much for sharing. Peace be with you, my friend.. 🙂

  11. 20/01/2012 10:37 am

    just beautiful!
    b

  12. 20/01/2012 11:47 am

    Wow breath taking photos for this week’s challenge 🙂 here’s mine: http://evilnymphstuff.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/weekly-photo-challenge-peaceful/

  13. 20/01/2012 12:46 pm

    Completely awesom, incredible collection of peaceful scenes. I especially enjoyed the quote from the 14th Dalai Lama about a truly peaceful mind being very sensitive, very aware. You must have been VERY peaceful when shooting these photos. May peace be ALWAYS with you and yours!

  14. 20/01/2012 1:27 pm

    Very peaceful shots, Elizabeth and great quotations.

    This morning it is peaceful here too. The kids are still asleep (not sure for how much longer) and John has gone off to a casual job to help out a friend. I have silence apart from the birds twittering outside. It is actually the first time I’ve had some silence during my waking hours all week.

    As Nancy would say, “Arrrrh, that’s better”!

  15. 20/01/2012 2:13 pm

    Amazing collection of peaceful sceneries! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog too. Have a great weekend!

  16. 20/01/2012 2:34 pm

    Your life must be full of peace, since you were able to come up with so many peaceful images. In particular I like the picture of a bird’s nest in the sky at sunset. The colours are just gorgeous. Thanks for all the wisdom and quotes.

  17. 20/01/2012 3:27 pm

    What a great post filled to the brim with peace! Margie

  18. 20/01/2012 3:27 pm

    Great entry for the challenge my friend 🙂

  19. 21/01/2012 8:22 am

    Beautiful photos of places that can represent peaceful conditions. So difficult to show by photo a state of mind. Yet you are able to capture it so well. Love the photo of the deer in your backyard and Tangy, of course!

  20. 21/01/2012 12:49 pm

    Lovely photos and words Elizabeth – a post that brings a sense of peace.

    Tangy has a charmed life, I’m sure 🙂 And what a great idea to have hammocks in a park! Never seen that before. Thx

  21. 21/01/2012 1:26 pm

    Love the Dalai Lama’s quote . . .

    A peaceful mind offers a clearer reflection. _/!\_

  22. 22/01/2012 6:11 am

    Scrolling through your photos actually brought me peace.

  23. 22/01/2012 12:19 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful and soothing post…I read it a few days ago and that sense of calmness and kindness in your post still soothes…the repeated “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti” phrases are lovely and that final blessing is beautiful…thank you so much… ( I hope my frequent use of words such as beautiful, lovely etc don’t get me sent to “time out” in your own spam-land folders????… )

  24. 23/01/2012 6:38 am

    Ohhhhmmmmm Ahhhhh Hummmmm…. Mission accomplished! Beautiful, Elizabeth!

  25. 25/01/2012 4:33 pm

    Awesome photos!

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