Silent Sports

I just read an article called silent sports. It had some interesting points and observations, but also went to places I just did not understand. It is getting to the point that I need an interpreter to read some of these articles, reports and studies about Nature and the outdoors.

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Is it a bad thing now, to just enjoy the outdoors. The Nature aspects of being in the Forest, exploring the shoreline of a remote lake or pond, Fishing, sitting quietly on the edge of a Meadow with binoculars and waiting to see what I can spot emerging into that Meadow?

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Why is everything now a Sport? Challenging……something to be conquered. What happened to just the enjoyment of a special ecosystem or quite place? A place that the only sounds are those of the natural world around you. That stream flowing over the rocks, the wind whipping through the Pine Trees, the Birds singing and fluttering overhead.

SunsetHollyThese are calming things. Things that allow us to turn off from the hectic world and get us connected again, to the Natural world. We need these things as humans. Everything cannot be a challenge, Adventure, Conquering moment or Adrenaline filled experience. What about learning something while we listen to the silence?

Maybe all the direct connections we now have with our cell phones, Tablets and communication devices will no longer allow these quite times. but all it takes is the OFF switch. Turn OFF these devices. Turn OFF that fake need for constant excitement and movement. Be silent with the outdoors. Experience it without hurting, conquering or flying by it. STOP…….SIT or SLOW DOWN…..and see just what you have been missing. Really look around you. See ALL the wonders that make up Michigan’s Forests, Shorelines, Lakes Streams and Natural World.

BoardwalklightThere is plenty of time for all the gadgets and fast paced stuff. Everything does not have to be done quickly or with an intensity that makes it no longer enjoyable, but rather a task that needs to be accomplished in some way. How about accomplishing nothing other then a quiet moment with the critters and natural life in the many beautiful places in Michigan. You do not need any other inanimate objects. You do not need to have any skills at any so called particular Sport. All you need is the effort at walking or Hiking to that special place and relaxing by blending into it all. Pretty simple, easy and actually rewarding.

We need these moments as humans. Especially these days, as life has become so intense and busy for every waking minute of the day. Enjoy the Silence. Enjoy the Quite. Bring nothing with you, and take nothing away but the experience. Maybe a picture or two. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Silent Sports

  1. Absolutely; leave nothing but footprints; take nothing but photographs. Go; be; listen; rest; rejuvenate as it’s impossible to do anywhere else but in the stillness of our natural surroundings.

  2. I couldn’t agree more and hope it wasn’t one of my articles as my brand is Michigan Silent Sports. My own definition of MSS is developed through David Pepi’s course The Thoreau Method of Nature Study coupled with any solo non-motorized activity within wilderness that doesn’t take from it anything but memories and leaves only mind chatter & foot step / bike tread / ski or snow shoe tracks behind. Racing IS NOT a part of contemplative silent sports…

    • Hi Georg. I did not even know of Silent Sports. But I am now researching them. The Blog was written from the thoughts of the many Hikers I come across and those I have been honored to lead on Nature exploratory Hikes. For myself…….Silent and alone has helped me make personal life decisions and look at things that I would never have been able to examine unless I had the uninterrupted, truly private/personal time with Mother Nature. I will be reading your Blog now, Georg. Please keep up the Nature work. 🙂

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