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. 





5 comments:

  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

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  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).

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  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.

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  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.

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  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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