Tuesday, September 4, 2007

My Sacred Life Day 16


Silence.

A partner to rest, and something that is a comfort to me. When I'm without it too long, I desperately crave it.

Today I am grateful for silence.

For me, silence is sacred, as it provides the environment for me to contact my inner processes and Spirit.

Sometimes it's not until something is gone that we can fully appreciate it. Today construction workers have taken over the land right behind our forest, and it is a crazy-noisy day, with a constant really loud buzzing interrupted by loud booms when a tree falls or a backhoe drops dirt, and other unfamiliar intermittent loud noises. Eventually, though, darkness will fall, and the construction workers will leave, returning everything to silence once again.

I am so grateful that this is only temporary. And that I live in a richness of silence almost all the time.

I am so ultra-sensitive to my environment that I wonder how I would survive in a city atmosphere, and remember how unhappy I was living in urban Phoenix, where eventually our condo pulsed round-the-clock to the heavy stereo beat from boom boxes in neighboring units and cars, sometimes even competing with each other. Sometimes I think I'm like a hothouse plant in that I need such a specific environment just to survive, let alone thrive; however, it is how and who I am.


~Picture by LoveHubbie Mark

6 comments:

Patti said...

I couldn't imagine living (or surviving) in the city either. You are so lucky to have such a peaceful place to be.

Olivia said...

I am truly very lucky, Patti. It is a huge blessing in my life that I savor and luxuriate in. Peace is my highest value, and I strive to find it wherever I am; it is easy here.

I'm glad you live somewhere peaceful in the country as well!

Beverly Keaton Smith said...

Hey Olivia, I am so with you on this one. Silence is a necessity in my life too. One of the drawbacks of living in the south...A/C runs constantly in the summer...the hum drives me nuts after awhile!

Kikipotamus the Hobo said...

Olivia,
I am also very sensitive to...well...everything from caffeine to noises. Silence is a necessity. How wonderful that you've moved to an environment that is better for you.

Journey Through Life said...

I'm the same as well. How wonderful that you can say you have a forest behind you. That would be just heavenly! I hope the construction workers go VERY soon!
Annie
xxx

The Dream said...

I love where I live - on a woodsie, waterfront lot. I value time to myself and peace and quiet. The hum of the air conditioning takes up too many months here in humid Maryland. Soon it will be perfect sleeping weather - to have the windows open. Definitely one of my favorite things.

I must admit, that I do enjoy a city infusion once in a while. I love to hit the museums, shows, excellent restaurants, and cool shops. But once I return home, I always find myself comforted and able to relax once more.