Stillness

We are in partial lockdown till the 24th. We hear movement of some vehicles in the mornings. Then it is quiet. The stillness reminds me of last year. The same eerie stillness, unnatural and forced.

Then there is the stillness due to the heat before the rains. The weather was very hot one evening last week. We were wondering if it would rain. Then we heard thunder in the distance. We could hear it coming nearer. At 5.30 it started raining. The stillness was broken by the sound of rain and then by thunder. It rained for an hour. The plants were enjoying themselves. They looked so green and beautiful. We watched the rain and were happy as the weather became cooler.

Just as the rain broke the stillness of the air, birds break the stillness of early mornings. I love to watch day break and light fill the room. At the same time birds start chattering. Sometimes it is as if an orchestra is happening outside.

Last year we were in McLeodganj in the Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas. We were lucky to see the Himalayan Slopes from out hotel room. There is something so majestic about them. There was a stillness in the air when it was dark. It was so dark and quiet all around, only the twinkling of the stars, lightyears away. It filled my heart to see day break. The stillness around echoed that of the night. The Himalayan ranges are awe inspiring. I will always remember those nights and early mornings.

Writing about stillness, this quotation comes to mind.

“Does not everything depend on our interpretation of the silence around us?”
― 
Lawrence Durrell

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

9 comments

  1. The interpretation of stillness or silence depends on the thoughts of the person in question. This is explained in detail in the book – As a man thinketh by James Allen as far as I can remember. It’s an old book but relevant even today.

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