I naturally wake up any time between 5am – 6am. I really don’t consider myself a morning person, but when I wake up early naturally, it’s as if my brain has suddenly flipped a switch and turned on and I feel quite clear headed. If somehow I trick myself to falling back asleep, I tend (more often than not) to wake up groggy, sluggish and feeling a little ill. I have often wanted to train myself to wake up early every morning so I can take advantage of quietude. My husband Dan woke up, bright as a bulb, every morning at 4:00 am all his working life. I was more apt to groan at that hour, roll on my side and go back to sleep. Yet, there have been many times where I wake up at 4:00am possessing the most alert brain and feeling so awake that it borders on amazing. I will try to force myself back to sleep, though, thinking that I won’t be able to make it through the day and evening unless I sleep at least until 6 am. How many years of magical moments I might have experienced had I just gotten up to meditate or engage in some type of special self-care moment.
In the book “The Way to Self Knowledge”, author Gopi Krishna writes:
The Morning hours before sunrise
While most of us are still asleep
Provide the best time for the wise
To engage in meditation deep
My self-care routine does involve sitting in quiet as soon as I get up. Except I do it with a cup of coffee or tea in my hand. I prepare my brain, mind and body for the day. I simply sit and breathe… AND SIP. I do have hopes that I can rewire my habit. Such as sit first, coffee later. This is my hope in a future retirement. For now I need and crave that little boost in a cup that is as soothing to me as the moments of quiet.
The world has turned into the noisiest place that it’s become unbearable to me. Everywhere I go, the music is blaring at an uncomfortable level and I simply cringe. I was at an early physical therapy appointment recently and I stuck my fingers in my ears when obtrusive music seared the atmosphere. Loud, stimulating music at 8:00 am? Just a trifle early for me. I looked around and no one else seemed affected as I was. People chatted away, and here I was doing an exercise at the wall with fingers stuck in my ears. Or consider the corporate gym Zumba class where the music seemed to reach dangerous decibels. I had to walk out; no extra cardio for me that day.
“How was your visit?” asks a department store survey? Terrible, I reply. I couldn’t hear the sales clerk because the music was so loud.
If someone is deliberately ratcheting up the volumes to mess with us, they are doing a heck of a job. I feel anxiety, discombobulated and simply want to leave a store without buying one thing. I read the other day that physical stores and shopping centers are suffering because more and more people are shopping online. I want to be the person that supports actual stores because I don’t want to live in a virtual world, but something has to change. I guess I will keep my eye out for smaller, quieter stores where it’s a pleasure to visit. But we are losing those right and left, too. We are losing our composure, our quiet; we are losing a sane world because NOISE everywhere cannot be good for our brains or for our children.
My husband gets it because his favorite saying is “silence is golden”! But the first thing he does when he gets up is turn on the TV news, and the first thing I do is head for a quiet corner. When we are both retired together, I may need to find another room. I want to be happy and I want him to be happy. He can tell me what’s going on in the world, and I can tell him how serene I feel inside.
This article http://yogaforhealthyaging.blogspot.com/#!/2017/07/brahma-muhurta-ambrosial-hours.html got me thinking because I do value the early morning hours which are called the ambrosial hours in the Ayurvedic world. That’s a wonderful term for these special early morning hours, but I’ve referred to them as the “witching hours” as well. From time to time, I will get the most lucid, sometimes prophetic dreams in the early morning hours, so perhaps that is why I choose to sleep during 4-6am.
I am a work in progress. I’m not going to do things perfectly every day or achieve my goals in one 24 hour period. All I can do is take small steps in the direction I am aiming for. In considering humility, I understand the world does not revolve around little ol’ me, and I can’t conform the world to my own personal tastes and make all the noise go away. The world is going to be what it is and all I can do is strive to achieve some moments of ambrosia, sanity and quiet in my own creative ways. So it comes down to choice. Next time you see me with fingers in my ear, smile a little smile for me and I will do the same for you.
8 thoughts on “A Little More Quiet, S’il Vous Plait”
I love this Blog! We do live in a noisy
world, and I agree that it seems to be getting
noisier and that we have to all find our own
“Quiet” in creative ways.
Thank you for this, Susan!
Love your comment. We are all works in progress and self-honesty is so important for moving along the path.
So happy to walk it with you.
Blessings to you on this day,
Wonderful story with insight that I find inspiring! Love the Gopi Krishna quote! Please keep blogging. I enjoy your words .
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Thank you! As the insights flow in, I will continue to share. Your thoughtful comments mean a lot to me.
Ambrosial hours. How true. I LOVE early morning stillness. I admit that I jump out of bed early and I’m puttering around, tapping on my computer, washing leftover dishes, throwing in a load of laundry because I can’t sit still. I guess it’s a form of meditation, but I have practiced the REAL thing, and whenever I do, it’s instant immersion into deep tranquility. You’ve inspired me to get “into it’ more often. Bless you!
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Set a timer and give yourself permission to be silent and just “be” even if it’s for only 5 minutes. We replenish the well and show God that we have time for Him/Her. Sure we can pray while doing the dishes, but one- focused concentration, silently sitting, is filled with undeniable power and quality.
Very intimate thoughts, S.G. . I’m a morning person myself since ever and wouldn’t want it to be any other way. There is nothing to compare to the sound of morning silence, as the Earth is awaking into a brand new day. Just magnificent, isn’t it? Thanks for this piece you penned, it reminded me of how grateful I need to be for each single morning spent in perfect harmony with myself and mother nature.
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Dear Mr. Vexman,
Your comments are gratefully received! I know of your stature as a writer and thinker so I appreciate your comment on my very humble effort here. I follow your work with great interest and wish you continued success in digging for truth.
Each morning I see the sunrise, I have renewed hope and zeal. It represents for me another chance, another day. It’s humbling and I am so grateful. I would rather live in harmony with Mother Nature than anything else – being connected to something greater than I am keeps things in perspective. Mother Nature is the final word on everything, and I leave my problems and anxieties in Her hands, and if She gives me another day, I am thrilled. Allowing myself some quiet in the morning, at the first break of daylight, to connect with that Mother is a habit I don’t want to grow out of!
Keep up the good work.