What’s Your Relationship to Silence

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Another Burning Question from Danielle La Porte. Go read the original post from Danielle here. It’s so much easier that way, and I’m all for easy.

So what’s my answer? I love silence. Crave it. Need it. Can’t live without it. I very quickly get fed up with too much noise. The best thing about this last weekend was dog sitting for my friend who was out of town. It gave me an excuse to go sit in an empty house with a puppy  for company. I find silence comforting. And I’m much more creative in the quiet. I produce more work without distraction.

But more than that, silence facilitates creating space for me to check in with myself. I can find myself so much easier without the constant attention seeking from all the activity that surrounds me much of the time.

I have an old run-in shed in my pasture. Now that we no longer have horses on our property I’m considering converting the shed into quiet space. It will require moving the structure, putting in a floor, painting, putting in windows and a door. All stuff we have around here already. We inherited a lot of STUFF when we bought this house. I can see the transformation in my head. It’s a nice size shed, there will easily be room for a desk and a reclining chair and probably a bed if I want to hide out over night.

Converting the shed has become kind of an obsession. It started out with this idea:

I’ll have to take a picture of my shed, but it looks something like this:

It’s going to take some imagination to make it into a thing a beauty, a place to embrace silence. But I think it can be done.

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Julie May 31, 2012 at 6:07 am

I adore silence, simply and completely adore it. Never have near enough.

That shed is WAY cool. You could totally do this. I’ve seen several versions of them, and they all look great. How can we help? (Other than getting ourselves to Vermont. Which ya know, if it weren’t for the cost, would SO not be a problem for many of us.)

Also, before I forget. Very good tuning in and staying connected here, in your silent moments. Great reminder for me. Thanks! 🙂

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Judy, Judy, Judy May 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

I crave silence also. Too much noise and I become overstimulated and I don’t function well.
Your inspiration shed is cute. Hope you can make your shed work as well for you.

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Delia May 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm

That little shed is too cute. I like silence well enough, but it’s mostly wasted on me. I crave music. If there’s silence to be had (and, like your house, it’s in short supply here), I want to fill it with music.

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Skye May 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

I live in silence. No pets. No people. Just the occasional sounds from other apartment dwellers. I don’t play music like I used to, which might be a good idea. It would be good to have sound to break up the silence. I think too much silence allows for too much introspection. Too much “I am alone.” I think that moderation here is key.

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Kate George May 30, 2012 at 11:58 am

Ah, moderation. Skye you and I have opposite problems. I live with too much noise, and you with too much silence. We could trade for a while!

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londonmabel May 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

Little shed idea so cute.

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KarenB May 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

“I love silence. Crave it. Need it. Can’t live without it. I very quickly get fed up with too much noise.” I can feel my self expanding from a tight protective ball when I get some quiet time. I feel peaceful in silence.

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