The Beauty of Silence

beauty of silence, Italywise

A river in the Veneto at sunset.

I am grateful to be “stunned” into silence by the many beautiful scenes that present themselves here in Italy. And, given this post is about the beauty of silence, I will attempt to be brief in my reflections.

Silence and beauty can be experienced anywhere. Yet, sometimes a change of scenery, and a change of life can wake us from our hamster wheel thinking minds and conditioned selves. Italy has done this for me, again and again. Perhaps this is because I left the rushing torrent of a busy work life where I had little opportunity to really pause and see.

Italy has been a gift that keeps on pouring out her treasures. Thankfully, my artist-teacher-mother trained me to always have my eyes open, and to take in the quality of light, the composition of a scene, and the underlying emotions of the experience. The genes that my nuclear-engineer-father gave me, which give me abilities in analysis, deconstruction and problem-solving, often can be at odds with the aforementioned artistic training. In other words, my analytic brain sometimes yanks me out of the immediacy and “feltness” of the moment, into a noisy intellectual violence that seeks to hold prisoner the scene and the memory. Having awareness of these machinations of my mind has been a breakthrough, and more and more I am able to accept these gifts of beauty with hands willing to receive, and not closed to possess. The by-product of this is a deep, rich silence. Words cease, and even though I am not able to articulate it, I sense that my true self resides in that vast space of quietude.

I close now with a short quote from my (and my mom’s) favorite book of inspiration and comfort…

Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.  – Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

By |2015-12-08T19:25:51+01:00December 8th, 2015|My Life in Italy, Personal musings, Starting a New Life|7 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!

7 Comments

  1. Elizabeth Wholey December 9, 2015 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Lovely Jed!

  2. Karen December 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Wow! What a post! I want to say I wish I were in that boat with that guy….but I know I’d have this terrible need to TALK…and that kinda misses the point of the whole post. So I’ll just read the book instead. Thanks again, Jed, for another beautiful, interesting, and inspirational post. I’ll shut up now.

    • Jed December 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Karen, you make me smile. Thank you for your wit, and your love of life. I always love hearing from you!

  3. Nicole December 8, 2015 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    So needed your wisdom this morning….beautiful photograph. I keep holding onto the beautiful landscapes I saw with you in Italy while I am spinning on my hamster wheel….

    • Jed December 8, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      I’m so fortunate to have shared them with you. More coming every day. Even in the thick fog there is beauty. I have to remind myself not to just think of sunshine as beautiful!

  4. Anita December 8, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    Hi Jed refreshing! Grazie!! Anita

    • Jed December 8, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Every day is a new opportunity to take in something fresh and new. I sometimes get stuck in holding onto the past…but less and less.

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