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Silence


"When alone with our thoughts, we listened and heard the Silence.
We listened and saw the Silence.
We listened and tasted the Silence.
We closed our eyes and felt the Silence deep within.
The woodlands became our chapel; our bodies, our altar.
In the Silence, we began to communicate with the Great Mystery, and we received Peace."


Twylah Nitsch, Seneca (1976)

It seems to me that too few people these days appreciate silence. In fact, based on the number of people I see with ear buds or headphones on or televisions and radios blaring, it seems many are uncomfortable with, and perhaps even fear it.

It's a shame. Because constant noise takes its toll on a person's spirit and deafens one to the quiet whispers of nature and even one's own inner voice.

Some sounds, like the mournful cry of the loon or hoots from an owl, serve to emphasize the silence. Others, like the quiet crackling of an evening fire serve as an agreeable companion to it.

I'll be quiet now....

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Yesterday the missus and I were over at the elementary school where she works, putting in vittles for the varmints (Sue looks after the "food for learning" program that feeds kids whose parents can't or don't send their kids to school with a lunch).

As we got out of the car I remarked on how quiet it was and we stood there for a moment and drank it in. I bet my blood pressure dropped ten points.

Silence is golden.

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Silence is indeed a precious commodity. I often look forward to my late afternoon walks in this beautiful area -- we've been having one of the BEST springs ever. emoticon

Sometimes I (not be design, to be sure) happen to meet up with one of my neighbors with the same idea. Yeah, it's all right if we ramble together, but then I must concentrate on our mundane babbling rather than on Mother Nature's latest offerings.

“I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”

― Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer



http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/silence

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Would you guys please hush?! I'm trying to drink in the silence here. emoticon

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DID SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING?

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You all make me smile.. and Chunky makes me laugh. Silently, of course.

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As a techno-geek-type-person I appreciate modern audio technology and all that it brings with it. I do however also need, and I dare say, require some silence in my life.

Normally when i'm working lates once the missus has gone to work, i'll just sit in the living room, or the bedroom, or somewhere and just enjoy the silence.

I love the silence. Its only when all is silent that I feel true inner peace. It's comforting, like a freshly laundered duvet.

That's one of the reasons I like to go camping so often, once the kids (everyone else's .. we don't have any) are all tucked up in bed and asleep, all you can hear is the rustle of the tree's, the tinkle of the stream and the sway of the grass. Just beautiful.

Then the guy in the next tent starts snoring. :/

Oh frank, sometimes those of us with earphones in are just trying to block out the ambient noise, we don't have anything playing emoticon

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Ah, I guess that's possible, Steve - especially if they run in built-up urban areas. Hadn't considered that.

I'm with you, though. There are times, particularly when, as Wordsworth said so eloquently - "the world is too much with us" - that I HAVE to find a quiet place, preferably outdoors.

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Yesterday as I silently sat in one of "my spots" farthest away from the house with the 2 outside cats, at the edge of the woods about 20 - 30 ft away, we suddenly saw a deer.

Actually we first heard her stomp and break a limb, stepping on it. She huffed and snorted and stomped to a fare-thee-well. emoticon When she finally got through sight-seeing (us) she rather slowly pranced off...and there were 2 more deer with her. One was a baby. emoticon

I felt quite blessed somehow. Sam and Freckles were much less impressed. emoticon
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I think you were blessed too, Lynn. Nice encounter. emoticon

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