The Season of Advent: Peace
Last Sunday was the First Sunday of advent which I blogged about over here. Today is the second Sunday, and as people all over the world again light candles and reflect, I am thinking a lot about PEACE. Peace is such a funny concept. We all want peace, but what is it? World peace? Quiet? Inner peace? Calm? Non violence? Silence among the chaos? Peace is one of those experiences that is hard to define, but so easy to recognise when we feel it, so this week I thought I'd share a few moments when I experienced peace this last week.
-Yesterday I went inside St Paul's (the iconic Melbourne Cathedral in the above pic) with my Miss 4 during a busy trip to the city, and watched her become completely calm and serene. She wanted to go inside because it looked like Hogwarts, and to be honest I thought I'd spend the whole time in there telling her to be quiet and stop running, but she just assimilated to the environment and it was beautiful to watch. We lit a candle and then by chance a choir started singing Christmas carols and it was a truly magical, mystical moment of peace.
-I have developed a very bad habit of looking at my phone the moment I wake up. Before I've even seen the kids or had a cup of tea I've checked emails, instagram, the weather, you name it. I've recently stopped doing this and am finding my mornings so much calmer and peaceful.
-Lighting candles. Such a simple act that brings focus and peace for me.
-That moment when I realise both my kids are finally asleep!
-Doing simple craft in the evening while relaxing with my hubby over a cup of tea or glass of wine.
-I've been trying to spend 5 minutes in meditation a few times throughout the day. I'm finding it hard- my brain just never seems to stop- but the act of taking time to stop, sit, breath and find quiet is still progress for me
I'd love to know how/when/where you experience PEACE. Feel free to leave a comment below.
I hope you are having a most lovely advent season!