You can google “How to find serenity” and there are thousands of tips to help you achieve it. Commune with nature. Find God. Don’t be materialistic. Work Hard. Don’t work too hard. Be accepting. Make changes. There is an entire poem dedicated to this concept—“The Serenity Prayer”—and it is used as the guiding principal in battling addiction. It reads “God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.”
There does seem to be some common sense and true wisdom in those words, but the truth is that there is no one way to find inner peace and there is no science behind teaching people how to achieve it. It cannot be measured. You cannot see it. What works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for you or anyone else. Serenity is not a science, it is an art. It’s up to each one of us to create our own masterpiece.
Sometimes serenity is noticeable, like the water at the beach illuminated by the sun—a million sparkling diamonds so glorious you don’t take your eyes off the water so you don’t miss a moment. You’ve probably experienced some-thing similar when you met someone glowing like a million inner sun-kissed diamonds and you cannot take your eyes off of them; not because they are physically beautiful but because they are soulfully glorious.
That is serenity. They were able to accept what couldn’t be changed, changed what they could and you were witness to the beauty of their tranquility.
Sometimes serenity is a found art. You don’t have to do anything but appreciate it. It
is in the small things, in the minutiae of daily life. In our breaths. In our generosity, in our friendships, in our tender moments. If we can appreciate our lives with awe and wonder, maybe we can experience serenity. Maybe not every moment is a million diamonds but even one diamond is brilliant enough. Maybe the art of serenity is just that. Finding beauty in what is all around us and right in front of us and deeming it to be enough, so that even when life is challenging, we’re not counting on perfect alignment to feel at ease. So whether you shine bright with one diamond or a million, let it be enough.
Here are 3 places to try to find your serenity.
Mercy Center at Madison
Mercy Center at Madison has 33 acres of waterfront property that boasts beautiful views and gardens. It boasts a beautiful private beach, outdoor gardens, a seaside meditation room and chapel. Enjoy yoga, a spiritual exploration, directed retreats and more. Day guests are welcome; just sign in at the front desk. The website is comprehensive and user friendly and includes detailed descriptions of everything the center offers as well as a virtual tour with stunning photographs.
Riverdog Yoga Center, Old Saybrook
Riverdog Yoga promises to help you “remember the magic of childhood” through yoga. They offer a multitude of classes to meet the needs of most anyone. There are different styles of yoga available including Kripalu, Kundalini, and Vinyasa. Classes have delightful names which beckon you to join such as Gentle Goddess, Embracing Abundance, Opening the Inner Terrain, and Grounding Flow. Their website is informative and provides detailed explanations of each class.
Hay House Farm, Old Saybrook
The Hay House Farm is a farm, art studio, stupa, and offers tours. Owner David Brown is portrait and landscape painter whose studio is located on the farm. In addition, the farm is the site of a stupa, a Buddhist shrine of peace and good intention. The farm is “off the grid” and David Brown offers tours for individuals and groups by arrangement.
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