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Finding the Quiet of a Snowfall

Feb 18, 2021 | 0 comments

Having lived the last almost 20 years in Mississippi, just south of Memphis, TN, I have forgot a few things.

One of those jumped out at me today when I got home after work.

You see, we have been getting snow for the last several days, which in this part of the United States is very rare. Most years we get maybe a couple inches once, maybe twice a year, and then it is gone within days.

This week, it was cold before it started snowing, and it snowed most of the day on Monday and then again on the day that I am typing this, Wednesday. I have seen estimates of up to 10 inches in the surrounding area and I can believe it. This is probably the most I have seen since we moved down here.

With that being said, something about snow that I had forgot until today, is that when you are outside while it is snowing hard, it is so very quiet. I stopped after getting out of my car and listened. Nothing. Peaceful. Tranquil.

It was nice to not hear that again. I remember being in Chicago after a snow storm and noticing it, but I had forgot. Quiet.

My brain likes quiet. My brain needs more quiet. Now more than ever.

But it is never quiet. Or at least very rarely. Something is always going on, and it can get frustrating at times.

I’ve read books on meditation, I’ve practiced it (obviously not enough) and I try it (when I think about it). But it always seems to end up the same way. I actually get distracted from concentrating on my breathing by some random thought, or a song that I know, or thinking about the thing that I was trying not to think about.

A friend calls it his “itty-bitty-shitty-committee”. And it is always in session.

What’s my point?

Quiet is good. Quieting your mind is good for you. Everything I have read says so. It helps with:

  • Stress reduction. Nothing reduces stress more than the quieting of the mind. …
  • Improve concentration and mental clarity. …
  • Enhanced creativity. …
  • Freedom from unhealthy habits and self-destructive patterns. …
  • More inner peace.

So why wouldn’t I want to do it?

I don’t think it is a matter of want, it is a matter of being willing to practice and staying focused on doing it. “They” say it is normal to have a hard time focusing your mind in the beginning. I know that it is frustrating and when my mind gets frustrated it tends to wander off to wherever the heck it wants to go, putting me back at square one it seems.

But I’ll make a conscious effort to try to quiet my mind more and will report the results.

Because I am pretty sure that I am not going to be able to hear the quiet of a snowfall anytime soon.