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A Silent Walk

I have just got back from a walk as the light faded. I went up beyond the third wind turbine, about a mile and a half altogether. As I walked fast, I feel well excersised.
It was magic because there was not a breath of wind and there was not much cloud - except a layer on the western horizon. The silence had to be 'heard' to be believed. There were quite a number of sheep about, but even they were not talking much. The odd sound of a cow. No bird song apart from a brief sound of geese, presumably coming in to Hallington resevoir from the far side. Once, from a distance there was the alarm call of a cock pheasant that had been disturbed by some others out walking.
The only discordant notes were several aeroplanes and once a distant car. How blessed we are to live where, once in a while, we can be in a silent world.

Posted at 8th Nov 2009 - 05:31PM   Posted by Withy Brook   A Silent Walk Comments: 6

Westerwitch's Avatar I think you realise the importance of silence when, as you did on your walk, you get it. We live generally in a very noisy world. Even in the quiet of the countryside planes intrude and distant car noises . . . I could hear a trail bike somewhere on the hill this afternoon and although I like motorbikes and used to have a trail bike I found myself getting irritated by the noise and wondering about the damage it was causing and hoping that it wasn't going to become a regular thing with lots if bikes.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 8th Nov 2009 at 06:51PM

Silverhead's Avatar How Perfect WB. In the rush and tumble of today, time out like that sets you up for next week. Thank you for sharing your lovely solitude.

Posted by: Silverhead on 8th Nov 2009 at 07:37PM

Lily's Avatar A lovely post WB. We all need some silence in this world of noise and haste. Have you seen the film "Into Great Silence"? Saw it last year, having wondered if I'd enjoy it, one of the most memorable films I've seen and far from being dull, the time went really quickly.

Posted by: Lily on 8th Nov 2009 at 08:26PM

Mountainear's Avatar Could have been standing there with you Withy - wonderful - the sound of nothing.

I go up onto our field at dusk to shut the hens in - and it's a job which could be a chore, but is is fact a breathing space. Time to stand and listen.

Time to use all the senses really because there are no distractions.

Posted by: Mountainear on 8th Nov 2009 at 10:31PM

Frances's Avatar Withy, I do know that you know how fortunate you are to have that place and time.

All the same, may I emphasize that you are fortunate to have have had that marvelous Sunday. And also, to say that you are generous to want to share this afternoon with us.

I walked through Central Park this afternoon, and found myself in a beautiful landscape, yet surrounded, maybe even enveloped by other folks who also wanted to have Sunday in the Park. The human traffic battled the tranquility of the park.

I am lucky that I also often have the opportunity to walk in this marvelous park in uncrowded days mid-week.

Always good to count our blessings. I know that this was Remembrance Sunday in the UK and that to have that silence in the middle of a beautiful landscape was even more symbolic.


Posted by: Frances on 9th Nov 2009 at 12:14AM

Tiggywinkle's Avatar Lovely Post Withy. In this world of constant noise, it is wonderful to take in the magical sound of silence. It brings us down to that special place within, where many people don't like to visit anymore. I think that was the idea of the silent retreat years ago, which seem to be gone out of fashion, and a frantic holiday is the answer. The stillness and silence works magic on the mind body and soul, where we can reflect calmly, solve problems, hear the whispers of our own wisdom, just be if we wish, and be energized. I think I need a really long walk tomorrow.

Posted by: Tiggywinkle on 9th Nov 2009 at 12:16AM

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