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April 6, 2013 / mashappiness

In pursuit of silence

i have been, for quite some time, trying to get into the habit of exercising  it hasn’t been easy.  i am even more impressed with those who do have a nice habit of exercising as they have been able to do something that many of us have been struggling to do. but then again, somethings come easier to some than to others.

any-way, i went out early this morning to exercise  it’s a struggle to get myself up and out, but when i do, i find that i almost love it. it feels good to be moving, especially if there is some sun shining, this somehow makes it all so much easier.

i have so many ways of talking myself out of exercise and it so often works. it works most of the time. i tried it again this morning. but there was some noise about the house so i thought i might as well get up, and while i’m at it, get out and exercise.

it was a chilly morning, but it was beautiful and sunny out. i thought that once i get moving, i’ll warm up. it was nice too that this saturday morning, many people were not out yet, so the streets were empty and it was quiet.

i have been longing for quiet for a while now. during the week the guys are doing renovations here in the building. in town, in general, there is a lot of noise and much of it due to construction as it is a town that is fast becoming one of the places to be.

the noise gets to me. it disturbs me and unsettles me. i have been wanting quiet for a while now. there are these whispers about me about silence and quiet. i stumbled upon a nice book in the book store in the village called… in pursuit of silence. click on the title to get a review of it from the new york times. i read some of it, it looks pretty good.

on another note, it is most helpful. this idea of not only getting quiet for the benefits that it brings, as it is calming and eases stress and anxiety, but also it allows a space for us to be with ourselves, to see what we are thinking and feeling. allowing this to come to the surface let’s us have a look at our thoughts and feelings, and in a calm and more open minded way see what can bring about solutions.

also, if not more important, it allows a quiet calm place, and in this space ideas can come to us. we so often are used to speaking, voicing our wants and concerns, and thoughts and feelings, which is good. but allowing a space for ideas to come is essential to well being as well. much like, if not the same as meditation, in a more calm and quiet space we can be with these thoughts, and be open to the benefits that come with them…

i have found that these teachings have come at a good time, as i need to be reminded of the benefits of quiet and solitude, as well as meditation.

at the end of my exercise it was a pleasure to discover that there is a marathon in town. there is always something inspiring about marathons, the health benefits of running, the community the runners have with one another, and the idea of doing something difficult, demonstrating what is possible…

i’m happy the thoughts that came up that try to keep me from getting out and exercising didn’t win. tomorrow i’ll try my best again. that we can do the things that are beneficial for us; prayer and meditation, eating healthy, exercise,  sweet work, communing with loved ones… what else can we add to the list? what is it that you would like to get into the habit of, that would be good for you?

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