“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing? (136-137)”
― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
Within kayaking, biking, and walking distance from our house is a serene point of land called Punta Jesus Maria. We often take Sunday trips to the Punta to relax, hike, and swim in the refreshing lake water. At the Punta, I am always reminded of the meaning of serenity.
Serenity is my teacher.
“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)”
― Mark Nepo, Facing the Lion, Being the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives
Serenity gives me the strength to dare to dream and let go.
“The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and you fly.”
― Israelmore Ayivor
Serenity calms me. I can sit for hours and watch the flight of the birds.
“Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Serenity gives me direction, like the birds taking flight.
“Go in the direction of where your peace is coming from.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Serenity gifts me with acceptance.
“Life has its rhythm ad we have ours. They’re designed to coexist in harmony, so that when we do what is ours to do and otherwise let life be, we garner acceptance and serenity. (285)”
― Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day: 365 Ways to Rejuvenate Your Body and Revitalize Your Spirit
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from Seinfeld.
“Serenity now! Serenity now!”“What is that?”“The doctor gave me a relaxation cassette. When my blood pressure gets too high, the man on the tape tells me to say ‘serenity now!'”“Are you supposed to yell it?”“The man on the tape wasn’t specific.”– Frank and George, in “The Serenity Now”
The Weekly Photo Challenge is Serenity.