Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Silent Night/The Sound of Silence

This morning around 3:20 my kidney woke me up (had to use the restroom). When I got back in bed, I realized that it was completely quiet. My daughter was sound asleep, my parents weren't snoring, the dogs were asleep, and my cat was waiting for me to lie back down so she could get comfortable. No trains going by, no helicopters flying overhead, no noises from the scrap metal plant across the river, the heater wasn't running. Just pure silence.

I actually stayed awake for a few minutes just enjoying the silence. It's rare that we get a repreive from all the sounds that fill our world. And even my brain was quiet; no thoughts of the next day or the weekend filled my head. Just silence. It was an amazing feeling, just embracing the stillness. Even when I try to pray or meditate, there's something in the background trying to break my concentration. But not this morning.

This morning was just a perfect moment of peace. If I didn't have to disturb myself with an alarm to force myself awake at the time again tomorrow, I'd try it. Perhaps it was meant to be a once-in-a-blue-moon experience, something I'm supposed to savor.

The moment didn't last too long; I fell asleep again just a few minutes later. But it was wonderful, refreshing, calming, clarifying. I highly recommend it.

My fearless child, friends and I on Tower of Terror at DCA

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