“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”
Lao Tzu


As a citizen living in today’s world of electronic gizmos and 24/7 societies, I think it’s vitally important to remember to take a breath and unplug from the day-to-day reality and enjoy the simple aspects of life. Knowing how much TVs, phones, and computers can do for us, I still think the minimalist pleasures of strolling down a trail surrounded by fresh pine trees while listening to nature’s symphony is the best path for reflection, meditation, and inner peace. And if there’s anything this world needs more of… it’s undoubtedly peace.

With this in mind, I adventured to a place considered to be one of the most tranquil and spiritual areas in all of New England–the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH.


Founded by Douglas and Sibyl Sloane in 1945 in honor of their son who died during World War II, the cathedral was a remarkable project from the very start. Not only did the Sloanes dedicate a shrine to pay homage to fallen war heroes like their son, but they  also hoped to create a “cathedral without walls.”

By breaking down the barriers and welcoming people of all faiths, creeds, religions, and spiritual beliefs, the Sloanes hoped that the open-air environment would foster more interfaith understanding in an ultimate effort to bring about world peace. And so, after careful planning, the Sloanes’ pastoral farmstead became not only a national memorial for our fallen heroes, but a beacon for peace as well as religious tolerance.

Chapels like this one along the main trail present quiet spots perfect for meditating or praying.
The trailside gardens, which are beautifully-maintained, enkindle an inspiring atmosphere that is completely harmonious with nature.

After winding through the trail past the gardens and the cemetery, we reached the main cathedral grounds, which offers my favorite view of Mt. Monadnock by far.

Mt. Monadnock sits in the background behind the historic Altar of Nations.
The spectacular view of Monadnock.
The tall pines, which the park is aptly named after, provide a natural frame for the cathedral and amplify its calming aura.

Although we haven’t achieved world peace as a society yet, the Cathedral of the Pines provides a foundation on which the future can build upon.

What’s your favorite view of Mt. Monadnock?

Happy trails as always!

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