Falling in love with silence

I am tired of noise. Everywhere I go there is noise. Even while relaxing in my garden, I hear a constant noise of traffic and planes passing over my head. The noise is not always very loud but loud enough to be noticed. Some people say that they are fine living in the city and that they are so used to noise that it doesn’t disturb them anymore. That unfortunately doesn’t mean that noise has no effect on our health.

Background noise has spread to every sphere of our lives and become so dominant almost everywhere that we have started to take it as the norm: as something natural, a normal part of our daily lives. We even add more noise by constantly listening to radio, music, TV. As we allow noise to enter our head and brains through earphones so many hours each day, the question arises whether we can even tolerate real silence. Do we even know how it sounds?

I have looked for silence for many years and feel comfortable and completely relaxed only when there is no disturbing sounds around me. Also no TV, no radio, no music. Yes, even no music. I voluntarily choose not to listen to anything in my phone. There is no music in my car when I am driving, no constant TV sound running in my home. I also do not need to talk much. There is so much beauty and relaxing freedom in being silent. I feel my senses resting.

I have asked people what is the first thing they do when they wake up in the morning and get out of bed. Many of them answered that they usually go the kitchen, switch on the radio (or TV) and make coffee.

I skip the first part and usually open the front door instead. I step out, take some deep breaths and then go the kitchen and make coffee. It is such a wonderful feeling to step outside and take a deep breath; to feel the cold or warmth, the wind or rain; to greet the sun. I notice the birds singing, smell fresh soil, grass and flowers, I hear the wind. These are the sounds of nature. They are not tiring, they do not upset, they make me happy.

Riisa bog, Soomaa Natural Park, Estonia. Photo by Kai Tomasberg

I have found my sacred place where I can relax, reload my batteries and find my balance back. It is called nature. It can be a forest, a coast, a nature area away from towns, factories, supermarkets, beaches, hotels and people. A place where I can be quiet and hear the silence. The silence I have fallen in love with.

Riisa bog, Soomaa National Park, Estonia. Photo by Kai Tomasberg

So next time you go walking in the nature, take your earphones off. Slow down and walk in silence. Discover that magical, completely relaxing feeling of being silent in the silent environment. Let the sounds of nature become dominant: listen to the wind in the trees, to the rain in the leaves, to the waves at the coast… Become aware of the beautiful life around you. It is still there. Even now. You have to make the first move to reach it.

Kai Tomasberg

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