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I realized when we made a trip to Tanzania a few years ago and took a day off from the safari excursion to stay at our nyumba (travel agent recommended it) that it was the first and only time I had ever experienced complete silence. Here, even when I am quiet, there are always cars and trucks, planes, lawn mowers and blowers, neighbors and their children, sirens, you name it. Complete silence is magical and amazing.
How can I make time and space for the gift of no time and infinite space where I am now? Made me laugh out loud.
Love this Don.
The same way I do everyday – by sitting outside in my yard – in the mornings in particular, but really any time of day will do.
“Just do it.”
I already did; had my quiet time in meditation earlier. Meditating makes me feel so good. It’s a great start to my day. Calms & centers me. I am a nicer person in the world when I commit to meditating everyday. It’s easier to handle what comes at me, so to speak…!
Have a beautiful & peaceful day All.❤️🙏🏻😊
I have a feeling that silence is not in the cards for me today. My six year old son is a chatterbox and unlike many of you, we live in a pretty noisy environment. However, I will try my best to be mindful of the quiet moments throughout the day and be grateful for them. And I will enjoy the silly antics of the non-silence as well 😉
It’s my son’s birthday and it has been a busy morning. Later today, I look forward to quiet time.
Happy birthday to your son Carol.
Thank you Joseph
I will have time for meditation, this
morning before work, and I will practice
gratitude for this quite place, that I’ve
found myself in.
Thank you, for this reminder 🙏
I’m grateful that I live in a quiet neighborhood. I had terrible insomnia last night… hoping to go to bed earlier tonight.
Good luck with your sleep endeavor! I suffer from chronic insomnia and I know how hard the next day can be. Hang in there!
For me, today is the Sabbath. This question reinforces my desire for the day…to allow the silence of my morning hours of prayer to overflow into the other movements of this day. Reading everyone’s responses is so encouraging. I am grateful to be part of this “contemplative community.” Thanks, all!
There is something pretty special about “Day 7”. The invitation to rest and quietly contemplate has a depth and dimension that is difficult to fathom. But even that obstacle is overcome, through faith.
So true, Don. Yesterday’s ritual has expanded my consciousness.
My household is very quiet…and if I need more quiet space I just need to walk outdoors. I am so Blessed to live in a quiet rural space. My husband and I both have quiet time in the mornings…it is thankfully not something that I have to seek. Blessings to one and all on this summer Sunday.
My early morning is a special silent time to sit and connect with my higher power.
My yard work today allows me the opportunity to be in silence. The sound of birds and nature will surround me, and occasional barking dog near by. I will let nature’s embrace cradle me.
I make time every morning for silence. While I have somewhat lost some of my other routines, my morning practice of meditation and prayer continues, and my days are better because of it.
I have spent the past 16 months or so in relative silence for a couple of hours every morning. Many days I have just the sounds of the earth, wind, water, birds, coyotes, Pooch barking occasionally (she is a quite dog, and when she barks something is up!) Other days I create the racket with the tractors and machinery. I enjoy non-man-made sounds as much as possible. After I visit a city the first thing I notice, besides all the humans, is the cacophony of mankind. The background noise is incessant, vehicles, music in every building, constant chatter. I sometimes feel that all the added noises of modern civilization are a mere distraction to keep people from realizing how lonely they are amongst so many other people. There is a huge difference from being alone in silence than loneliness.
I agree with you, regarding distractions.
So much of my life has been filled with
distraction. When I decided to
make being present a goal, I noticed
Just how much I distracted myself.
Anything to keep me out of this moment.
Being right here, in this moment,
isn’t so bad. In fact, it’s all we have.
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