Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The peace

While detoxing from society if you will, at first the silence was deafening… You may recall reading about that in November. I had nowhere to run or no "vices" to avoid the silence of facing life, myself and the reality that we had chosen this path be to still…

Now, I can truly say that after 4 months, the silence is the most peaceful thing I could have ever imagined. I look forward to silence! I even find myself turning off the radio now. In fact, it's been a week or 2 that we have not even had that on. I am not saying that a radio is a bad thing. What I am saying is that I prefer the silence over the background noise. I have even turned my phone off now and just turn it on when I need to make a phone call.

I love hearing the ticking of the clock, the hand timer on the stove (ticking right now as I am waiting for a coffee cake to come out of the oven), and the fire crackling (2 fires going). Did you know that even oil lamps make a very still and quiet noise while burning? And just today I actually heard my eyes blinking as I woke up! You can only hear this in the extreme silence. It was the neatest thing.

I am enjoying facing my thoughts now with a clear and still understanding. I love hearing new and undiscovered sounds. I love hearing the house at night with children breathing up and downstairs without the refrigerator humming… I love this life!

15 comments:

Farmgirl Cyn said...

I'll have what you're having. A good dose of silence is just what I believe the Doctor is ordering!

Tea with Willow said...

I love your words today ... yes, it's so easy to get used to 'background' noise ... I look forward to the time when everyone has gone out to work or school for the day, and it's just me and the sound of cats purring (or demanding food!) and outside, the birds singing and the hens scratching about! Bliss!

Willow x

Sherry in MI said...

Ahhhh ~ sounds wonderful!

homekeeper4him said...

I have always loved silence. :) I even like to drive without the radio or a cd going which most people find odd. This morning was one of those really silent mornings as we are having a slight "heat wave" in February. No need for a fire in the woodstove, no fans going, etc. It was really neat to get up to silence.

Captain's Wife - Jennifer said...

Ahhh...silence. Seems like I just can't get enough of that lately. You inspired me to go through the house and turn off all the fans/humidifiers/noisy stuff and enjoy it while I have the house to myself for a bit. :)

Kathy said...

Oh. Sometimes I long for the silence. Like homekeeper4him said, I usually drive my 45 min to and from work without the radio/cd. It's the only quiet time I get during the day. I can actually think!
At work the phone is always ringing and people talking and milling about. At home DH ALWAYS has the TV and/or radio on. And, although we live in the country, we can still hear the sound of traffic going by on the interstate. My favorite was the day we had ice on the interstate and traffic was not allowed on it. I was amazed at the sounds of nature that it usually drowns out. Blessings.

Janet said...

What a great post! Even though I am definitely still on the grid I can understand what you are saying. 9 months ago I moved to the town of Banff (in Alberta) and it is in a national park. It is so quiet there at night that I could hear my candle guttering out - it hissed ever so softly to me).

Noise is still a part of my daily life but I do treasure the quiet I get here. I can read a book in absolute silence...what a joy!

I m glad things are working so well for your family, it was a very brave move and I love hearing about your Amish neighbors. You are living a very distant dream of mine. :-)

Janet in Canada

Mammamamma said...

We live supposedly in the country along a busy state route with a little grade going both directions. The Engine brakes are deafening on those big trucks. Winter time is bad but summer is absolutely horrible. I miss the quiet of the real country terribly. Tree frogs, humming birds, wood peckers, owls, doves...
The kinds of things you can only hear in the real country.

Rhonda Jean said...

Hello Angie dear. You lovely post today reminded me of one I wrote many months ago about the sounds in our home. It's quiet here too, and that allows me to think and be without interference. When my son visited over Christmas, even though he spent a good part of his childhood in this house, he asked, "how can you stand not having some noise? It's so quite here!" He lives in a city on the beach - lots of tourists, lots of things to do and lots of noise.

But I'm with you, I'll take the silence any day.

Out Back said...

Sounds like bliss to me.

"Silence is golden"

Tania

Karen said...

Can't I just come stay with you for a few days???? I promise I'll help with the housework - I even know how to run a wringer washer!! I crave silence, something my DH just doesn't understand - that's why I enjoy waking up with the baby at 2 a.m., once he's asleep, I'm still awake and the house is silent - oooohhh ahhhhh.

gail said...

What bliss. The sound of silence. At the moment all I can hear is the sound of the cars wizzing by on the highway outside our home unit here in Sydney, Australia. Enjoy your silence and may it bring you lots of lovely peace.

Blessings Gail

Michelle said...

Hello. I am from South Carolina and I've been reading your blog for a few weeks, now. I really enjoy reading and seeing what you are going through. I used to live in Western PA, which has a lot of Amish. I had always wanted to live a peaceful life like that. I totally understand why you are living the life you want.

I love peace and quiet. I love to not have the radio or TV on. I love to sit outside and listen to the cows, peahens, guineas, chicks, hawks and other wild things.

My hubby doesn't understand how I can just turn off all of the noisy things and want peace and quiet.

You are very fortunate. Best wishes.

Joannah said...

I long for silence after a day at school. Sometimes I just turn off the radio in the car during my commute and listen to my thoughts. Not entirely silent, but therapeutic none the less.

San Diego Farmgirl said...

I grew up on a farm and am a big fan of silence. At our house there isn't any TV, although we do jam the tunes on the regular! But no 'background' noise. It makes me crazy!

I'm a writer and have always needed silence to write. Thank god I'm a freelancer, I'd never make it in a noisy newsroom. I'd rather shovel cowshit for free than be paid a million dollars to be confined to an office 50+ hours per week. No. Thank. You.

Not sure if I read it in this post or another, but don't get discouraged by the negative comments from family and friends! Those of us who hear the same internal call for life and spiritual change are getting the same response from our clans. We just pray for them, that they are happy in their lives, and if not, that they'll find the courage to live the life that makes them truly happy.

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