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  • Writer's pictureHeather Davis

A Quiet, Empty Beach for a Perfect Reboot

Updated: Mar 6, 2020

Listen to silence. It has so much to say.” – Rumi

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If you’re going to give the therapy that is silence a try, a beautiful place to do it is on a peaceful, empty beach. Just not during Nyepi.

An annual Hindu celebration observed in Bali, Indonesia, Nyepi is the Festival or Day of Silence. All its beaches and streets are quietly abandoned on a day dedicated to introspection, meditation and prayer.

For those 24 hours, there is no working, entertainment, electricity, travelling or talking. The disconnection from the world is thought to spark reconnection with oneself. In 2018, the country’s phone companies turned off internet access in honor of the sacred, silent day - forcing everyone to unplug.

Perhaps we can take inspiration from their single Day of Silence to create regular room to unplug in our own time zone throughout the year.

The quiet, empty beach of Surf2 in San Pedro, California exudes the silent calm that is always available to each of us.

All we have to do is switch the Bombardment mode to Off.

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott

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