If you want to do something practical to make your life peaceful, daily meditation is your best option. Take time to sit in silence for a few minutes every day and focus on love, gratitude or compassion. There are many different types of meditation practices. Regardless of your choice, it will create a significant, positive change in your life.
The background photos for the quotes below are my shots (except for the star photo). A Samsung Galaxy phone can do a pretty good job for amateurs like me. Looking for beautiful details in plants brings on a state of joyful mindfulness. In fact, taking close-ups of plants is my favorite hobby. It’s easy to do when you carry your phone anyway.
I took these photos in a park in Tokyo called Heiwanomori. The name means Forest of Peace. It was early morning after the rain and a sunny afternoon. The light made everything beautiful.
"Meditate to stay centered."
When I positioned my camera to photograph this ladybug, it graciously moved into the center of the leaf to pose for my photoshoot.
"Quiet the mind and the soul will speak." - Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
I don't know the name of this budding flower but I was attracted to the amazing colors.
"You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too." - Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
I wish I was able to photograph the stars.
"Learn to be calm and you will always be happy." - Paramahansa Yogananda.
The photo is a detail from a hydrangea flower that is just about to bloom.