Listen

 

Silence is rich. It is dark and viscous and it flows on waves of nothingness.  Silence begs to be filled and filled it must be. It is lonely and demanding and chill to the touch but it tastes smooth like the breeze. Silence is an opulent black pearl and one of the rarest gems on Earth.

There is a simple profoundness that can be found in the absence of sound. The emptiness that silence provides often gives rise to thought–the deep kind. The sort that give birth to leaps of logic and flights of the imagination. Silence is the canvas on which beautiful art can be created. It sits and waits patiently.

Silence isn’t in a hurry. It doesn’t need to explain itself or impress anyone or anything. It just is. It is the essence of cool. 

I love silence. I crave it even. It is sorely needed in this noisy world that we have created. Life passes far too quickly for proper reflection but the quiet gives our minds time to relax and reflect.

Of course there is no true silence, even in nature far away from the influence of man, there is sound. And it is these sounds in the silence that I take time out to explore.

Being a city dweller, the sounds I pick up are a mix of city hum and the song of nature. I have learned to appreciate the sounds I hear for what they are. Which I would have to say mostly traffic and birds…well let’s just say I try to focus on the birds and not the traffic so much. 

hope light in leaves

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I will often go into the backyard, especially on days when I can find the smallest sliver of sunshine. I will sit in the golden light and close my eyes and listen. Listen to each and every individual sound I can possibly hear.  

This is not only relaxing, it is mind expanding. It is as if I am floating…

Each day is different. Today it is the caws of crows. They fly from treetop to treetop calling to each other. I can hear one and then another and soon a chorus rings out. The sound comes from high in the sky in all directions.  The atmosphere is alive and quick and I can feel their energy in my spirit and the warmth of the still-warm late October sun on my happy face.

Someday I will escape the city if only for a day and I will go to a random field or an empty beach or a hilltop among a grove of trees and listen and take it all in, keeping it with me always.  

For today though, the caws of crows do quite nicely.

Strawberryindigo.

crow in gray sky how times flies

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“I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.”
― Chaim Potok
UNIQUE PICTURE: Earth as seen from the outer S...

UNIQUE PICTURE: Earth as seen from the outer Solar System (Photo credit: Icarus Kuwait)

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48 thoughts on “Listen

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  3. I think it takes courage to allow silence, to not fill every moment of our existence with manufactured sound, to give ourselves the quiet and space to hear what is germinating inside us, and to begin to know who we are.

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  4. I live on the outskirts of the city, and am blessed to enjoy the silence of nature often.
    You have described it well, here. It does nourish the soul.
    Sometimes I turn off the radio in the car and enjoy the silence in there, too.
    It truly is a rare commodity.

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    • Hello Denise, it is always good to meet another appreciator of nature. I live smack daub in the middle of the city. It is a nice city but a city nonetheless. I yearn to move out to the outskirts such as you. Yes silence is a rare commodity for sure.

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  5. Long hikes in the woods, with nothing around for miles and miles gives one the sense of being alone but then they hear the forest whisper from the trees, mountains dirt and moss and begin to feel humbled by the crowd of what is around them.

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  6. My previous house was at the end of a rather longish road with a tree farm surrounding nearly three sides of our place. It was heavenly during some of the truly silent days (other than the complaints from the squirrels or birds)…. except for the times when the lawnmowers were disturbing everything and everyone! Now, I do get a whole lot more traffic noise.

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  7. You’ve found the perfect words to describe silence. And I too have a family of crows cawing away every morning. I do love that sound, as it’s come to mean all’s well with the world! Really enjoyed this post! 😀

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    • Hey Cathy, some people don’t like crows but I like them. They are very intelligent, to be able to coexist with us humans they must have something going for them. Thanks for the kind words my friend. 😀

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  8. Choosing between traffic noise and birds is no brainer … there are days especially in summer when I would kill for silence – noise from nature. Lovely writing Nancy!

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