I strive for an hour of silence every day. It has become an essential need like air and water for me for a mindful and conscious existence amidst a world full of noise. The constant noise from the surroundings and electronic gadgets perturbs my concentration and my time for reflection. As a result, I often spend days without writing a single sentence and this inability to write hinders my inner peace. When it happens I simply pack my bag and get lost somewhere in search of silence. 

In search of Silence

Not so long ago, when I was going through a personal crisis and was completely restless at the core, I visited Norway – a trip that gifted me silence amidst nature and left me with a lingering love and longing for silence forever.

A trip to Norway gifted me silence amidst nature and left me with a lingering love and longing for silence forever. Click To Tweet

The sensation I felt on that trip is unique. Nature and silence helped me to detach myself from the clog and clutter of reality and overwhelming emotions. I was able to get some clarity on my thoughts and control over my emotions. Silence is bliss.

Nature and silence helped me to detach myself from the clog and clutter of reality and overwhelming emotions. Click To Tweet

Silent Vistas in Norway

Sunlight peeping out of the floating clouds, few people, a boat and ample place and opportunity for reflection and contemplation

This was our stop while sailing through the fjords of Norway. When I disembarked from the boat at this spot, I felt I was plunging from one silence to another. While standing on the boat deck, my eyes felt the tender and kind touches of green everywhere.

Clouds and water were moving and yet I felt a profound stillness within

Birds flew, our boat sailed and valleys echoed silence. Nature was in such a pace that my mind could find a small place to dwell in stillness; it was in control and never got distracted. I wish I could find appropriate words to describe the state of my mind at that moment.

A frame of wonder

When I disembarked, this time the silence continued and my mind started detaching. I walked on this road silently. Although I saw a few houses and cars but they didn’t cast an empowering impression. All I saw was greenery and all I felt was silence and all I loved was my heightened senses on the fundamental aspects of life.

All I saw was greenery and all I felt was silence and all I loved was my heightened senses on the fundamental aspects of life. Click To Tweet
A few vibrant houses amidst the green

Finally, I took a train from the Flam station and savored greenery and peace in abundance from the train window throughout our journey. For once, our train stopped at the Kjosfossen falls and we were instructed to quickly see the falls and come back within a stipulated time.

The gushing waterfall reminded me that nature too has speed – sometimes in the form of a cascade and sometimes through lightning.

The gushing waterfall took away all my attention in an instant just like our mobile phone but there was a difference. After seeing this waterfall and enjoying the splashing water droplets on my body, I didn’t pine for a next scene unlike the perpetual scrolling of our phones. I remained absorbed in the solemn scene. I felt intrinsic happiness and peace within.

A train station, solitude and silence in Norway

Now I don’t remember the name of this vibrant station anymore but its beautiful silence and lovely solitude has remained with me.

A beautiful train station in Norway

From here we took a train to reach Voss. Voss is a picturesque village in the heart of Fjord Norway. While exploring Voss, I realized that the world exists within us and what we see outside is just the reflection of our inner world. Precisely for this reason, one same view has different interpretations. Don’t you think?

While exploring Norway, I realized that the world exists within us and what we see outside is just the reflection of our inner world. Precisely for this reason, one same view has different interpretations. Click To Tweet
I walked along this road in Voss, Norway, amidst green, sunshine and peace
These miles and miles of empty roads promise a meaningful long walk


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Travel Realizations

No amount of worldly glitter can take away from me the inner quest of a meaningful life that questions and reflects on the fundamental perspectives of life. The trip to Norway slowly became a trip to my inner self; weaknesses and strength commingled and heralded a change in me. I am becoming something new inch by inch, speck by speck with all my pasts and feelings. The silent vistas in Norway flood me with inspiration, creativity, and life.

The trip to Norway slowly became a trip to my inner self; weaknesses and strength commingled and heralded a change in me. Click To Tweet
Peace and bliss in a frame

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