“Suddenly there is no sound.”

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Suddenly there is no sound of the trail, but I feel and hear my heart pounding after my climb to summit the small peak of 2500 feet.
My breathing slows matching the calmness surrounding me, and I pause to absorb the silence.

I have replaced my forty hour work week noises of voices, car horns honking, rolling tire along the asphalt streets with the un-nerving sounds of nature’s silence.

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I enjoy those first moments of peace as my body and mind adjust to the sounds of silence after I accomplish the two-hour hike and climb for this moment.

My mouth desires water and my stomach aches for food, but I refuse to move, letting go at this moment for my soul has ached and desired.

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With my eyes closed my moments of uncompromising peaceful silence is disturbed with the screech of a red tail hawk gliding high above.

I stare at the hawks gliding flight wondering and imagining his screeches welcoming and acknowledging my moments of peace.

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In the valley below a Doe with two Fawns stare in my direction, assessing my threat, but they continue grazing, as the peace I’m emitting is easily recognizable.

After twenty minutes of meditation and reflection, I eat my meal and rehydrate for my return to the valley rejuvenated for another week of stressful noise and the world away from the sounds of mother nature’s silence.

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