This is my submission for Tina’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #52: Serenity.
“Serenity” is not a rare word. I knew what it meant, more or less. The first photo came to my mind was a mirror-like ocean when I was at Chesapeake Bay last year.
And, I remember the sunset.
That was all I knew about the serenity. Was that it? I wondered.
I did a quick glance at all photos that were submitted to this challenge. Most of them (97%?) are natural images that don’t have people in them. Hmm… is it possible to find serenity when we are in a crowd?
Watching the 4th of July parade, I stared at people across the street from me…feeling serenity, anyone?
I saw idleness. Serenity? Maybe not. As usual, I googled. I found an article: “Getting to Serenity: 10 Daily Habits for Inner Peace”. The 10 Daily Habits, according to this author, are: Give Thanks Continually; As Soon As Your Mind Wanders Off in The Wrong Direction, Get It Back on Course; Practice Acceptance; Be Kind To Others; Be Careful What You Drink; Get Enough Sleep; Watch and Read the Right Kind of Books, Movies and Television; Keep a Clean, Uncluttered Home; Spend Some Parts of the Day without Noise; Spend Time with the Right Kind of People.
So, I don’t have to sit by a mirror-like ocean every day? But I really felt serenity when I was there at that that moment!
Continue reading articles returned by Google. I saw the following quote.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
I got it. I brought the Zen to the ocean; then, the ocean made it alive.
Thanks to Tina for this meaningful challenge.
Thanks for visiting my blog.