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What does silence look like? Show us your take in a photograph.

Photo by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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On a recent visit to the Big Sur coast in Central California, I explored the grounds of a monastery perched above the Pacific, at the top of a winding two-mile road in the Santa Lucia Mountains. The hermitage, run by Camaldolese monks, is a place of quiet and meditation, and guests can stay in simple rooms in a retreat house overlooking the sea.

I love having time to myself — solitude recharges me. But prior to my Big Sur journey, I had never really immersed myself in a long stretch of silence beyond my occasional hour-long meditation sessions. I went to this hermitage on a silent retreat for uninterrupted, unstructured time to think, to walk, to read, and to just be. The only sounds came from the ocean, the birds, and the chapel bells that rang several times a day.

As my time on this mountaintop monastery came to an end, I enjoyed this view of the coast, grateful to experience such stillness. When I look at this photo, I’m reminded to stop and breathe — to set aside even a few minutes in my day to close my eyes and filter out the noise.

How would you capture silence in a photograph? Is it a positive image like this one, showing a much-needed break? Or is it the opposite, revealing the lack of communication in a friendship or the dangers of not speaking out? Show us your interpretation in a new post.

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  1. SILENCE
    10m ago

    Silence is the best way to learn in any way , either from nature or from other persons . It can be constructive or destructive. If we think about gaining knowledge from others and remain quiet to gain as much knowledge as we can , it is known as constructive silence . But, when we remain silent to think about our tensions, sorrow and daily problems again and again , that silence is destructive in nature and harmful for us. So, my dear friends be silent but only in a constructive way …. 🙂

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  2. Silence is spending the night with a lover to wake up in the middle of the night and feel their heat radiate from their body. No television, no lights, no external thoughts. You are there in that moment feeling the sheets on your skin, hearing the quiet snore from your lover and not imagining of being anywhere else. Knowing that you need to cherish this moment because at one point in time you will eventually miss it.

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