I think for most of us there's probably only one place at which we feel at peace. I just don't think we're evolved enough to carry that peace with us, and finally, finally, I think that's okay; I think that's acceptable. I think if we have one place, then we are incredibly lucky. So what if it's inconvenient, seasonally unavailable/challenging, unexpected, or mundane? No one can dictate your place of peace, so we can stop apologizing for the need to recharge, escape, find center.
I'm beginning to see that the point isn't enlightenment, isn't perpetual balance, empathy, understanding, compassion. Those are products of peace, not individual boxes on our checklist toward being a good person. We can't force emotion or, sometimes, even understanding. What we can do is step back, recede, and let space do our understanding for us.
Eventually, I think we become that space, that pause. But in the meantime, why not take ourselves toward peace and let space build up around us--a savings account, a buffer for the world as it is.