I immediately thought of Cotignac where we spend about three months over the late summer and fall. I say Cotignac because there, I am far away from the many obligations that I have here where I live the rest of the year. It's hard not to be at peace there: it's old, beautiful, surrounded by lush vegetation, potable water flows freely from the fourteen or so fountains, we hear the rush of the stream right outside our balcony doors 24 hours a day.
Having said that, I would say that I am also at peace when I am at home and more so when I am not teaching at the university. Teaching opens the floodgates to numerous must dos every day of the week including days when I'm off. Internet, eClass and email disrupt my quiet time and make it difficult to tune out. An authentic desire to facilitate learning and give students their money's worth drives me to spend many hours preparing stimulating and meaningful lesson plans where they are fully engaged in their learning. Enough said about that.
May to the end of October are more peaceful months. Maybe it's not where I'm most at peace but when. During this period I practice meditation and yoga and mindfulness and I engage in a healthy dose of physical activity.
The trick is to integrate all those wonderful things into a workday because that's when I need them most.
I am most at peace when I practice mindfulness which is made easier when I am not working.
There. That's it.
P.s. When are YOU most at peace?