October 6, 2020

Time Off From The Clamor

"Be quiet. 

Find acquaintances with silence. 

Go inside, delve into your heart. 

Take a day off from the clamor."

- Rumi

As a full time caregiver, I can't take a whole day off from the clamor, or from my special friend who knows all about silence.

But I do regularly take hours off from the clamor, and that time is precious to me.

I find lots and lots of the deep quiet I need when I go biking or hiking in the wilderness which spreads off on all directions around my home. 

Sometimes I go both biking and hiking on my excursions into the silence. I ride to an area, set my bike aside, and head off on foot.

"Other people have purpose;
I alone don't know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind."
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I usually have no destination, or agenda, other than just being. 

In the woods.

I wander this way and that, and discover wonders along the way.

"Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark." 

- Zen proverb 

During my time away from the clamor, I head into the heart of the woods, and when there, find my own heart waiting for me.

I step out of my shadow, and into the light. It is refreshing, sterilizing.

Everyone needs time off from the clamor. That stuff is exhausting. 


  1. Anonymous10/07/2020

    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing. Yes, the clamor of life now is nearly overwhelming. I find myself looking forward to the fall and winter rains to cleanse and calm things a bit. - Mary

  2. Those tidal marshes are incredible! I miss them so thanks so much for the great photo. No shadows there. As always, thanks for what you do (or don't do).

  3. As I read this post I could feel myself becoming more calm. I was unable to get out camping this summer and am missing it. People tend to think it is strange/weird that I will set up my tent and dining shelter in a provincial park for a week or two at a time and just be. I am amazed at how much stress has been relieved simply by not having to go into the office for three shifts/week. My next goal is to eliminate the need to log in on someone else's schedule. For the first time in my life I find myself actually looking forward to a Manitoba winter - home isolating for the safety of myself and those around me will seem purposeful instead of just being another winter to survive. Thank you for these moments of peace.

  4. Beautiful Post. It's wonderful that you can get out and recharge so that you can be a better caregiver. It's so important to take what time you can for yourself. Bonus is that you get to go home and share your adventures with Linda.

  5. Anonymous10/17/2020

    Wow. Loved the Lao Tzu quote. Beautiful. Sent it to my kids and put it on the fridge as a daily reminder to slow the hell down and stop letting the media tell us how to lead our lives; that we need to keep working because we'll be miserable without purpose. Deva


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