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Peace and Quiet

May 19th, 2005 · No Comments

"There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find
that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your
bathtub."  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Can you find peace?  What does it mean to you? 

On the weekend, Grant and I went away to Peppers Hidden Vale resort, which is a 10,000 hectare working cattle property where they have developed the resort in sync with nature (but not holding back on comfort:).  Our room was an old, tiny Queensland weatherboard house, set off by itself under a giant old fig tree, complete with a big spa, back verandah with chairs and table on which to sit and watch the mountains in the distance, and an open fire (big basket of chopped wood supplied).

The restaurant is first class, and both evenings we were invited to sit in the big lounge chairs to have a drink and peruse the menus by the open fire.  We were lead to our table only when our meals were about to be served.

During the day Grant did some clay pigeon target shooting (a new found passion!), whilst I watched or read a book.  We ate, played pool, read, went for long walks on the property, ate, chatted and generally vegged out.

We trekked for a few kilometres out into the middle of the property, enjoying the absolute peace and quiet.  But the best bit was when we stopped walking and just went quiet ourselves.  The silence was so loud you could hear it!  There was not a man made sound to be heard, not a breath of wind stirring in the trees and not even birds nearby to disturb the peace.

The silence was so absolute, my brain shut down too.  It was like I didnt want any thoughts to marr the serenity… and I was all the more refreshed and relaxed for it.

Yes, peace can be found in a garden, or in the tub (one of my all time favourites), but nothing beats the quiet of the Aussie bush for silence so loud, it renews your soul.

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