Yesterday morning, I received an email with the subject, “where is the quietest place on Earth” and it sorts of gotten me into a thinking mode. I even sent this question out to Symphony of Love’s mailing list.
First of all, does such a place even exist? Literally, yes. I enjoyed the quietness of a hike into the only hill in Singapore, Bukit Timah Hill, where I could only hear the birds, the insects, the rustling of the trees, their branches, and leaves in the wind. At time, when the air became so still that I would only hear the singing of the birds, the sound of the insects, my footsteps and my breathing. I enjoyed also a stroll along the beach at night where one hears the rhythmic breaking of the waves onto the shore and the gentle whispering of the sea breezes. Even lying down in bed at night with the light off, one could enjoy the tranquility that the night brings with it.
Where is the quietest place on Earth for you? It may be in one’s room, it may be in the toilet, and it may even be when one is driving. The places and situations whereby one will find quietness will differ from individual; Different folks, different strokes as they said. In so speaking, is there even a point to ask, “where is the quietest place on Earth?” It would result in differing views anyway. Yet, this is one question which can help one enormously.
Science seems to put it in a way which most would agree on immediately. Theoretically speaking, the quietest place will be in a vacuum, a space entirely devoid of matter; not even air. Since there is no air inside a vacuum, sound cannot travel or exist and that would make it the quietest place? On Earth? If there is no air to breathe, how can one survive, and we would be crushed by the atmospheric pressure? Does such a place like a vacuum even exist naturally on Earth to begin with?
Aristotle said before and later again by Galileo that “nature abhors a vacuum.” Aristotle explained this by saying that Nature doesn’t play the ‘vacuum’ game and that something must be put into the place of where the air was. Since a vacuum cannot occur naturally (not man-made) in Nature, there cannot be a quietest place on Earth. Right? Scientifically, yes! However, there is a quietest place on Earth for all and it is regardless of science, the places and situations one is in. Although achievable, not all can reach that place without effort. It requires one to be connected. To what?
Before that, let us take a look at the picture on the right. The picture shows a bench on the beach under the shades of the tree. It seems that the sun is about to set or it has just risen in the sky. The sea is calm, peaceful and tranquil. Imagine yourself sitting on the bench now, listening to the gentle sound of the waves and the breezes brushing on your face. While you are experiencing that quietness, take deep and slow breaths. Feel every breath you take; feel the air going through your nostrils, through your airways, down your body and eventually into your abdomen. Then you breath out slowly; feeling all the stale air coming out of your mouth in the slow, long breath. You will surely feel peaceful and calm.
In comparison with the above picture, this picture shown a person sitting on a breakwater and the stormy sea crashing onto the breakwater, threatening to devour the breakwater with the person. The distant sky shown a thunderstorm impending. Now, go through the same exercise as you did above; imagining you are the person sitting on the breakwater. Do you feel the same peace and calmness? It would be a challenge for many to feel the same peacefulness and calmness as compared to the above picture.
It is always easier to feel peace and calmness when the external environment speaks that; as with the first picture. The challenge is to feel the same peace and calmness when the external environment speaks otherwise; as in the second picture. When one is able to experience the quietness and tranquility even in the second picture, one has found the quietest place on Earth – in the inner self. A ‘vacuum’ that one can create within oneself that will not be disturb by external forces and circumstances. This is the quietest place which is reachable to all and yet cannot be easily achieved. It requires one to be connected – to oneself and to the greater force above.
I have found the quietest place on Earth that is within myself. Where would be your quietest place on Earth? Is it also within you? Please feel free to share with us.