view out the den window

Sitting here in the quiet den I reflect on silence.

I need more of it.

I silently type on my iPad. There is no music playing. No TV on. No kids in the house.

Just me with my quiet. Why don't I allow more of this? Why have I still not learned my lesson about meditating and pondering (of all things...)?

I am not one to run and hide from my own thoughts. I have not avoided silence intentionally. It sneaks away, like an unappreciated guest. I vow to invite it back more often.


CB | June 7, 2011 at 5:07 PM

I think it is 100% theraputic to be alone and have time to sort out your brain (so to speak). I absolutely love it when I get that kind of time!


mermaid gallery | June 7, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I'm with that!...but you are such a musical one that I'm sure music is your meditation too....but silence is to be cherished!

Kazzy | June 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Funny you would say that, Susan. I always have a song rattling around in there, but sometimes I need to stop singing so I can hear other things. :)

gigi | June 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

I really enjoy my own company way to much :) Really. Enjoy your silence.

Lesa | June 7, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Beautiful photo and thoughts. I'm getting better at carving out quiet time in a busy schedule.

wendy | June 7, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I think we everything we have going on right now, all the media, blogs, emails, texts, cells, twitter, you name it....that SILENCE is a lost art.
How can the spirit get through to us if we are not silent.

reminds me of a Zac Brown band song.....called QUIET YOUR MIND

Kristina P. | June 7, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I had to comment about your Ikea shade. I've been thinking about getting one, but don't know where I would put it!

Rebecca Blevins | June 7, 2011 at 8:39 PM

That picture is just gorgeous!

I definitely need more silence. The only problem is that I have to stay up until the wee hours of the morning to get it!

Unknown | June 7, 2011 at 10:47 PM

TOTALLY get this. My house gets quieter as more and more of my kids leave home, but I'm always surprised how much noise I invite in myself.

LisAway | June 8, 2011 at 12:50 AM

This is exactly what I've been thinking of lately. I don't take time out. I need to sit down or go for a walk and think. Not just while I wash dishes and the kids run up and down the hall and ask for help with their homework or for a cup of juice. I've been meaning to get up and go for a walk before waking the kids up for school so I can plan my day and think about things that matter and be alone with silence. You've inspired me to try harder to stop thinking about how I should and to start actually doing it.

Bossy Betty | June 8, 2011 at 8:36 AM

(Speaking very softly here)

I think we all need more silence in our lives. Sometimes we need to seek it out and just soak in it.

Welcome to the Garden of Egan | June 8, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Too true.
Why don't we do better at listening and feeling.

Good post.
Thank you.

Jenny Lynn | June 8, 2011 at 8:27 PM

I always fine the quiet of the early morning hour to be a spiritual time at my house.

I love that you did not even turn on music. That you savored the silence.

TisforTonya | June 8, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I've gotten SO accustomed to my silence that my poor kids are being scolded for normal sounds now that they're home for the summer... oops, I guess I need to find a happy medium?