Sleet began falling yesterday morning as the temperatures outside dropped into the teens. By afternoon, the sleet had turned to snow, and this morning I woke to a silent world, blanketed in white. It’s now midday, but everyone seems to be staying indoors, and the quiet continues. At the end of a busy, noisy week, this interlude of stillness and peace is welcome.
“Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.”
– Thomas Carlyle –
“Let silence take you to the core of life.”
– Rumi –
Nurture peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.
Nature of the week – the view from my desk:
Shadow of the Week:
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“Quiet is not an absence of sound but an absence of noise.”
– Gordon Hempton –
Treat yourself to 5 minutes of nature’s soundscape in a peaceful inch of the Hoh Rainforest in the Olympic National Park, identified as the “quietest place in the United States.” From that page you can link to other sounds recorded by Hempton, a sound recording specialist and acoustical ecologist. Enjoy!
Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.
Nature of the week – acorns and leaves on January ground:
Shadow of the Week:
P.S. If you’ve never been to the Hoh Rainforest, place it on your bucket list. Hiking its mossy trails is like stepping into a fantasy world. It’s a habitat for banana slugs, which secrete a slime that has an anesthetizing effect. A park ranger held one across her palm and asked if anyone wanted to lick it. My older son did – and did. With no ill effects. Except an anesthetized tongue.
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