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Finding my own quiet little island

Posted on August 7, 2017 with 4 comments

Monday, August 7




Early morning.  I sit in the dark, my back propped against pillows, a cup of scalding coffee cradled in my hands.  The rhythmic tick of the clock’s pendulum is hypnotic, as familiar and comforting as the sound of my good mother’s heartbeat when I sat, my head nestled against her chest, as a little girl. Outside, a light summer shower falls.  Through the open windows and wafting curtains, I listen to the whispered conversation of tall trees in droning rain.  

Early morning is my favorite time of day.  Sitting alone, attuned to my own internal dialogue, I sometimes feel as if I’m sitting in the company of a peculiar, albeit interesting, stranger.  (Aren’t we all strangers to ourselves?) Her random thoughts are occasionally crazy, frequently unsettling, and often uncannily accurate.  As I sit, I jot down some of her insights. Like dreams, if I don’t write them down, I tend to forget them.  

I’m retired, with no deeds to do, no promises to keep.  I have time to sit alone in the dark.  Still, it’s not always easy.  Digital temptations (addictions, really) abound:  Facebook, Twitter, emails, 24/7 cable T.V.  Every morning, I have to make a conscious decision to say ‘no’ to all that and willingly enter the solitary island of my own little world.  I notice when I do, I feel more peaceful, productive, creative and optimistic for the rest of the day.

My quiet time alone is probably much like what other people call meditation, prayer, or mindfulness. Or maybe it's not; I don’t know.  But whatever it is, I recommend it.  As an aside, I think children need the same kind of internal quiet and privacy.  I suspect we all do. 

Be Well and Good Luck,
Martha Maria

Sharon Waters

August 8, 2017

Interestingly, I find my best personal time to either be in the afternoon or around 9:00 p.m. in the evening. Those are the times when I seem to be able to push aside other concerns, distractions, etc. It is amazing what we can hear from that "still, small voice" within when we're quiet enough to pay attention! Thanks for the beautiful post!

Tamara Miles

August 7, 2017

A lovely piece of reflection on our need for stillness and restoration --- thank you.

Celaine Charles

August 7, 2017

Perfect post - I love my morning rituals as well, although struggle with an easily distracted mind. Your post made me feel better about just being with myself in my time, and not worrying about one stream of thought. Thanks!

Ron Bowman

August 7, 2017

I too get up early for my own quiet personal time. The coffee maker is ready & filled, I simply push the on button. While it starts it's magic, I find a couple of treats for Timber the Giant Alaskan Malamute. Timber often looks at me with his sleepy eyes that always ask, if I am indeed crazy? as it is still dark. I put the chemicals in the hot coffee and generally think of friends, what I may want or not want to do. Then I start my day with posting the weather, then usually a cute girl in a photo drinking coffee for the coffee group on Oak Ridge Lite & Easy. By this point Timber is curled up fast asleep just outside the sliding glass door on the deck behind me in my favorite spot in the recliner and my laptop. Life is good and usually I am undisturbed for at least an hour. I love my uninterrupted personal time. I wonder how many of us do this Martha? Cheers!