January 10, 2012

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.


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