For some, taking time to leave the daily grind and get out into the undisturbed solitude of the wild outdoors can be greatly relaxing. The sounds of wind blowing through trees, water coursing, or birds chirping are all calming and inviting. It feels good to take a break from the sounds we hear all the time at home or at work. The lack of these noises mixed with the sounds of nature, or, if possible, the lack of sound altogether, can be most enjoyable of all.

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On one occasion, while camping in the desert, some of my family and I rode ATVs far into the barren landscape. The entire area was widely secluded from anything related to civilization and was quite silent as a consequence. I remember riding to a particular desert spot that was particularly void of life due to the location and extreme climate. At this spot we stopped to take a break and stretch our legs. The moment we shut down the ATVs, the rumble from the engines was immediately replaced with complete silence. No wind, not even a breeze. No moving water, no flys or bugs or animals of any kind, no airplanes flying overhead and no other people for miles in any direction. It was total, natural silence. Our movements and breathing suddenly became explicitly audible and footsteps sounded as though they were shaking the earth itself.

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It wasn’t eerie, but rather quite pleasurable. It seemed as though we were far away from anything and everything. It was blissful, almost like a state of meditation. We were there long enough to appreciate the relief of the gentle silence before continuing on our way.

It is important to step out the daily grind every so often to take a breath and decompress. Escaping a world that can be difficult to cope with at times by entering a world that is much more simple, elegant, and inviting, is a fantastic recipe for refreshment.

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