We don’t experience moments of peace very often. These moments, usually far shorter than we would like, come to us when we release our troubles and stresses and allow ourselves to swim in happy thoughts. How does this happen?
Temporary escapism from the drudgery of daily life allows this indulgence in happiness and tranquility. Last weekend I walked in the Yorkshire Dales with a group of women who I did not know, to raise money for Palestine. Without a doubt, this was a moment of peace.
My personality is such that I rarely instigate such challenges, but when asked, I also very rarely decline. So when my friend asked me to join her, I dismissed the fact that I do virtually no exercise and vehemently despise the cold, and agreed to participate in the five hour walk.
And what an incredible experience. One of the best experiences of my life. The peaks were beautiful, especially in the snow, but it was the reason behind the walk that provided the spirituality. It was uplifting, knowing that we were all taking part to help others and the bond that I felt with the other women provided shared tranquility – confirming that the real joy in life is found from humanity itself.
This experience yet again proved that helping others is the way to inner tranquility.
“Worship Allah; join nothing with Him. Be good to your parents, to relatives, to orphans, to the needy, to neighbors near and far, to travelers in need, and to our slaves.” (Surah Al-Nisa, Quran)
Peace is not easy to achieve. We must battle with our hearts and minds, understand our thought processes and reflect on what true happiness means to us.