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Peace in the Himalayas

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him”.  – Buddha 

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Whenever I’m seeking solitude and peace, there is one place I go. Outside. I crave to be out in nature and if I am unable to go to my preferred place for finding peace, the mountains, than I turn to my lovely urban Lake Harriet just a few blocks from my doorstep.

When I reflect on peace one place in particular instills a calming peace throughout my soul: Nepal. Spending two weeks in the middle of the majestic Himalayas was perhaps the closest I’ve ever come to true peace. For when you let go of all your earthy inhibitions and solely rely on the feet that carry you on, there is nothing more inexplicably peaceful and freeing than hiking in the remote mountains of Nepal.

In honor of Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post “Peaceful” I thought I’d rework a select group of some of my favorite peaceful photos from Nepal, a place I visited two years ago today. I sincerely hope I can return someday to this magical kingdom which has brought so much beauty and peace to my being.

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue”. Buddha 

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Our first day setting off into the Himalayas.

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Entering the villages you are reminded of the peaceful power of Buddhism. There are prayer wheels, flags and temples everywhere while the smell of burning juniper fills the air with its heavenly scent.

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P1020048“A people free to choose will always choose peace”.  – Ronald Reagan 

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“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”. -Mother Teresa

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“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one”. – John Lennon

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“Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time”. -Lyndon B. Johnson

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The Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, Nepal.

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one”.

 -John Lennon

43 comments

  1. As usual you’re several steps of me! I wish to follow this path in your footsetps, but instead, I’m just settling down, Sunday chores done. to select a few photos for Jake. Beautiful, Nicole!

    • Oh Jo, can’t you tell I’m type A! Maybe I’m a little too obsessive about blogging. But it just feels really good to write. I used to keep a journal and it had that same therapeutic feeling. Anyway, I am really behind on chores and reading my favorite posts of others. Plus I haven’t done any Christmas shopping! This was my Sunday morning treat! 🙂

  2. beautiful photos on so many levels for me…as a Buddhist who will never get there, just wonderful to see…and reading a book by a fellow blogger set in the area it’s lovely to imagine the characters walking through the tiny villages 🙂 thank you

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  5. Your pictures are beautiful… That temple shot looked just like the one I took up in Woodstock at a Buddhist temple…I guess they replicate them in different locations. 🙂

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  7. manoj dagar

    beautiful place, after all what we seek is the peace of mind, may LORD SHIVA bless you, do visit india uttarakhand specifically, u will surely get what u desire, answers to every query in the solitude of the himalayas.

    • Hi there! Thanks for stopping by. I did not do the Everest Base Camp hike but the Annapurna Trek. I would recommend doing a bunch of searching on google and then also cross-reference on TripAdvisor, and read the client reviews. There are a lot of good guides/operators out there. You just need to find the one that works best for you. I did only half of the Annapurna trek and it took about 10 days. For Ev. Base Camp, I think it may be 2-3 weeks but I’d check out by searching your options online. Good luck!

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