When you make peace with yourself, you make peace with the world. — Maha Ghosananda
There is nothing quite so complete as the peace of cows.
This photo of some yearlings resting and ruminating under a fall tree was taken just down the road from my house. I love the old tree line and the changing color of the grass. I love the peacefulness of the moment — these three beings enjoying the last of the easy weather, at peace with themselves and the world around them.
I adore to go out and listen to the cows graze. The gentle sounds they make as they eat are soothing and meditative. They move with serenity across the pasture — slow, methodical, with all the time in the world; as if there is no time. And when they are full, they go lie down and ruminate, chew their cud — digest all that they’ve taken in in a peaceful, comfortable time of rest. This time of waking rest is a must for their survival.
There is a lot to be learned from the cow and applied to human life.