77 – Quiet *

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Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Today I think about quiet – that calming word signifying no sound. Quiet – a time and place that questionably exists. Quiet – when there seems to be little noise, action, or activity – a time of still – an important personal time. They are all quiet.

Walking on the beach can be a place of quiet for listening to nature and for quieting the mind. The sea is never quiet –  never still – but it can be quiet for calming the mind. The sea’s roar is not quiet – but it can be the white noise for solitude. The wind whistling by my ears and the waves clapping as they wash ashore – yet, I can hear the popping of small bubbles on my feet, 

Our mind is seemingly never quiet. We may remove our mind from a routine,  but thoughts continuously race in our head and frequently bouncing between subjects. A racing mind is far from quiet. Sometimes when I walk the beach, my mind is like the perpetual activity of the sea. 

Silence of quiet can be loud – even deafening – sometimes not from the outside, but the zooming noise in the active mind. On the other hand, the silence of quiet can be a symphony for the inner soul. 

Quiet is like an open meadow or standing on a mountain top overlooking serenity – but it is not void of sound – yet the mind may slow down to enjoy the relative quiet of the moment.

Life today is not only like a perpetual motion machine, life seems to be going faster and faster. Therefore, quiet is an important mental health club: a time, a place where one can enjoy the spirit of reflection, imagination, or just rest – including a time away from technology. 

Quiet is a reason some meditate or practice yoga. Others find quiet while jogging or riding a bicycle. Others find quiet in music, reading, or sitting by a crackling fire or on a dock of the bay. These are times to quiet the mind.

Quiet is being on the road that seems to go nowhere – and you don’t care because you are enjoying the time away from the noise of life – simply time to enjoy the moment. 

The roar of the waves can resemble societal noise. From the rambling anger and tremors of political pundits trading political soundbites over seeking meaningful solutions to real problems to the mountains that are molehills, they are far from quiet.

The news focuses on negative events of the day that are far from quiet – therefore, mirroring the sounds of busy traffic.

The roaring waves resemble the roundtable discussion where being heard is more important than listening. It is in quiet that we learn to listen to ourselves and ponder what others have said.

The roar of the waves is the metaphor for now. Think of the immediacy of voice mail, call waiting, call forwarding, texting, email, and other modern technologies. I typically go without my phone on these beach walks to give me a respite from the immediacy of today’s world.

The sounds of the beach serve as white noise. While my walk is absent of crowds, the active water delivers an inner stillness to the mind and soul – a time when the mind can both relax and focus – yes – a time of quiet. A time of solitude. A time of resting the mind. Even a time for focusing the mind. 

Quiet is a time or a place where one finds peace and tranquility. Away from daylight’s activity, the quiet of night provides twinkling moments of reverence under the sparkles of the stars and the glistening moon. 

Quiet is a place for the still without noise or voices – a place for the muted, the faint, indistinct, the inaudible, or the whispered. Quiet as a mouse or a lamb. Quiet enough to hear a pin drop. 

While cruising in Alaska, I remember with its night still being like dusk, seeing the outlines of the mountains that were dark shadows with only a very rare sighting of electric light. That’s also quiet.

I also recall one morning when cruising the Danube. All alone on the top deck, I could hear the splashes of water as the moving ship created a constant breeze. This setting was quiet enough for me to hear the calls of morning birds in the distance. That’s also quiet.

I enjoy walking into a church where I am alone. That quiet sense of awe and wonder is peaceful and quiet. Libraries are another place of reverence with a hush driven by the power of the knowledge found in the printed words bounded by covers.

Quiet – a time when one is aware of every thought and every feeling – a grand awareness – a time delivering peace of mind.

Quiet – hush, still, faint, peace, tranquility, reverence, pleasant, soothing, and restful. Not only are all quiet, quiet is a reason I like walking the beach. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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136 thoughts on “77 – Quiet *”

  1. A coincidence even I scheduled a post on “quiet” for today. I enjoyed your post Frank and Ann-Chirstine’s captures. My walks in nature help me to enjoy silence.

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  2. Ann-Christine was the perfect choice for this post- her photos are often so serene. My quiet place has become my morning and evening walks. The bird song, the swell of the river doesn’t detract from the quiet – just like your white noise on the beach!

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    1. Margaret,
      Thank you for sharing pieces of your personal quiet. Each of us have them = and they can also be found as an oasis in a busy city. Ann-Christine’s images are excellent and your word is perfect – serene! Given the time of day, enjoy your upcoming evening walk.

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  3. I was about to echo Margaret. I could be happily still and quiet in the company of Ann-Christine, and that certainly doesn’t apply to everyone. Especially poignant since the loss of her dog. I’m hoping she finds peace and tranquility in the days to come. Best wishes to you both, Frank 🙂 🙂

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    1. Sweet Jo. I love walking, just as you do. Totti loved walking too – but no more. You do not know from one day to another, do you? Take care and love the days you have together. I walk alone now, just to think in quiet. I love it that you think of still and quiet with me.

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    1. Rudi,
      “There are very few places where you can find real peace … but if you find them, it is blissful!” (As per an online translator)

      Your comment fits perfectly with my thoughts. Life is surely hectic, so finding a peaceful place isn’t easy. However, I know you like your time in nature, so I’ve got the feeling that is a place you find your bliss. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Francina,
      Welcome first-time beach walk to my personal beach that I’m willing to share. I often collaborate with a photographer – so I’m happy to know you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s photos. Besides, a good photographer, she is a delightful person. A title with an asterisk * designates a photo collaboration. There are times when I use my photos, but I’m a nonphotographer who occasionally gets lucky. However, tranquility, serenity, and stimulating thought is what I try to do. Meanwhile, now I remember – you had a recent post about Marina! 🙂

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    1. Fraggle,
      I’m not surprise because I can see that happening with the vast majority of photographers. Concentrating is work, but the joyful variety. Cheers to the camera being one of your quiet places. Thanks for sharing and glad you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s photos.

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  4. I enjoy the quiet and I yearn for the silence. One is attainable the other, I fear, is not. My mind is never silent, rarely quiet and usually that is not a problem. But every now and then I remember the deep peace of pure silence.

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    1. Marina,
      Now, why am I not surprised you appreciate silence and quiet? Painting to paint is quiet …. so is playing the piano as a getaway. … but working on a graphic for a client with an approaching deadline certainly isn’t quiet. A toast to Ann-Christine’s photos. … clink … Yamas!

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  5. I do love quiet…….it’s hard to find total quiet these days but going to the mountains nearby is close enough for me! Misty mountain mornings – perfection. If we lived close to the beach it would be sunrise and sunset for me I never feel isolated when I’ve found my quiet spot no matter where it might be – I have my imagination to keep me company. Lovely blog post and photos to match – serenity is a welcome friend.

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Love you description of quiet. After all, there are many places in nature that can deliver a quiet feeling. The solitude of sunrise and sunset too. For me, sunrise is more quiet because there is so little human activity at that time. Cheers to your power of imagination to help capture the moment. 🙂 Ann-Christine’s pictures are wonderful, so I’m glad you enjoyed them.

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  6. Very astute observation. What we refer to as quiet actually refers to our state of mind. Nature is seldom quiet, even in the winter. There is the quiet before the storm, and then it’s time to watch out. Our racing minds hate to be still, don’t they?

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    1. Laurie,
      You have hit the target on the complex of quiet … and quiet doesn’t necessarily mean silence. Don’t know if it happens to you, but I hate waking up in the middle of the night to find a racing mind preventing me from returning to sleep. What’s up with that!

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  7. Quiet is such a fleeting commodity in today’s world. What with our devices and all the noise that comes out of them. Even when we turn it off, it’s still there with us.

    I say it’s more important than ever to grab your peace of mind however it works for you. The quiet will follow.

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    1. Marc,
      Good tie to the pace of today’s world, technology, and its ever presence. I will add another twist, the draw that technology has on people prevents us from finding quiet. Just a thought. Glad you could find quiet in Ann-Christine’s wonderful images.

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  8. Amazing thoughts and beautiful images Frank…
    I know I have been Quiet….. very Quiet….. But sometimes its needed…
    Loved your words here
    “Quiet is like an open meadow or standing on a mountain top overlooking serenity – but it is not void of sound – yet the mind may slow down to enjoy the relative quiet of the moment.”…

    I needed to slow down my own mind…. And listen to its inner beat of silence…
    So good to see you enjoying your walks dear Frank ❤

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    1. Sue,
      You know that I’m a believer that blog breaks are good … and they can vary in length. However, in your case, your presence caused me to smile. I know you work at slowing down your mind – therefore you also know the difficulty. Nonetheless, it is up to each of us to take charge. Thanks for letting me know your favorite lines in this walk. Hope all is well with you!

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  9. A lovely reverie today Frank. Quiet becomes harder and harder to find these days. I do try to meditate each day for at least a few minutes, and I work hard to pause and appreciate nature’s balm. Such important moments and yet so few unless we push ourselves to achieve them. Of course I adore Ann-Christine’s work and today’s post is a wonderful example of her talent. I loved the candles especially, as well (of course) as those of her beautiful four-legged friends. ❤️

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    1. Tina,
      In some ways, life is like a vacuum cleaner – it sucks us in to spin us around. Once the vacuum is off, we find another vacuum … and technology helps us find one. However, I applaud you efforts of meditating a few minutes each day. I know you and Ann-Christine already have mutual respect for each other, which also means you enjoy seeing each other’s photos. Enjoy the golf tournament this week!

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  10. You present beautiful essences of quiet. Probably the best way I achieve “quiet” is walking on the shore, as you show; sitting at meditation (although it’s so hard!); and walking with the sounds of birds in the background. It does seem rather impossible to get total quiet, doesn’t it? Even in the middle of the night, with the window open I hear the whoo whoo of an owl and the soft snores of my guy. But that’s such a beautiful quiet.

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    1. Pam,
      Although we can’t find total quiet – complete silence – what we think of quiet allows us to notice the little things. Recall how last spring there was a quiet that we hadn’t notice before? As human life became contained, nature flourished – which (I believe) is the reason I hear more birds this year. Night sounds are many, which reminds me that about 2 weeks ago, I awakened to Canada Geese honking in flight at 1 AM! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  11. I’m glad I stopped by here first today, Frank — a few minutes reflecting on “Quiet” is a splendid way to start a new day! And I particularly love Ann-Christine’s dog photos!

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  12. Another lovely post and photos.
    I love the time of early morning quiet–just before dawn–even though it’s not truly quiet, especially this time of year with all the wonderful birdsong, but there’s not a whole lot of people sounds. I enjoy my early morning walks, too, before too many people are around.

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    1. Merril,
      You hit on an important aspect of how we see quiet – a time of (at most) limited human activity – a time when one gets to hear the natural sounds that are around us. And your morning is perfect because that is the time when nature seems to awaken with us. Thanks for sharing an important aspect of your morning walks and glad you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s photos.

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  13. Quiet is at a premium here, where I live. There is 24 hour a day construction going on outside my 2nd floor apartment window. There’s Cvac, jackhammers, backhoes, buzzsaws and more. Fascinating to watch, horrible to hear.
    Still, I find quiet when I sew… work on one of my Art Gowns. It’s very Zen. The world is blocked out.
    Is silence the same as quiet? I think not. You? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4x

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    1. Resa,
      I recall you mentioning the long construction project in your area. Probably seems like the project that will never end. Cheers to you finding quiet in your sewing. I imagine you also find it in some of the alleys in your search for murals. Meanwhile, I agree that silence and quiet are not the same. Love the video and the powerful voice. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed Ann-Christine’s photos of quiet.

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  14. Such a beautiful reflection, Frank. I was immediately “in tune” when I saw the title. I gravitate to quiet as much as possible, and despite the interruptions of a noisy world, it’s accessible to me whenever I need it. Which is often! 🙂

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  15. Debra,
    I know you love your quiet. Yes, you love the beach and the solitude you find there, but you also have that garden serving as your personal oasis and retreat to give you quiet and peace. Better yet – you embrace quiet. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Lovely collaboration once again. Ann-Christine’s photos so beautifully capture quiet.
    I love that total silence you get sometimes when you step outside and it feels like everything has stopped – no traffic, no birds, no nothing. When I’m out walking, camera in hand, I find my mind quiets, even as it hears the trills of birds.

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    1. Dale,
      Cheers to your appreciation of Ann-Christine’s photos and how they fit with this point. For photographers, the camera is a piece of equipment that brings them a lot of quiet because the camera puts the photographer in a zone. I’m not a photographer – but I watch them – and then enjoy what they provide. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. In your reflections on quiet, I see many instances of the absence of it. True silence is hard to find. I live in a very quiet rural area (with dark night skies,too), and early in the morning I closed the window above our bed and it got even quieter! The river and other night sounds was louder than I had thought. Even “white noise” is still noise.

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    1. Eilene,
      In general, quiet has a certain stillness – the babbling brook in the woods is quiet, but not silent. As I re-read the essay, I noted many examples of quiet that wasn’t pure silence. Actually, silence is a future walk. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  18. Leya, beautiful photos. I love the dogs lying on the floor. Frank, this might be one of my favorites of all your posts. As I read, I found myself thinking almost exactly what you said in the next paragraph. Just like a bad listener! LOL. I love quiet. I have enough going on in my own mind that keeps me awake with ideas many nights. This would be a great one for this week’s WQWWC on healing. What do you think?

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          1. I’m counting on sooner. Our state is pretty open. I’ve had both shots and if they are as effective as the claim, I shouldn’t expect any problems. I’ve ordered a née camera which comes next week, I can’t wait!

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  19. Quiet is walking the marshes, far from traffic * human voices. But no… what do I hear? The call of birds, shush of wind in the reeds & rushes, the low of cattle the neigh of horses. And there is the distance the hoot of train as it approaches a farm’s crossing

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