|The view from NM 802092...|
Islands of Eilean an Dùin and Eilean Arsa, Shuna in the background.
British Grid Reference NM 802092 is just off the A816 highway, south of Oban. It lies on the shore of Seil Sound, the body of water that links Loch Melfort and the Sound of Jura. We stopped there, simply to take in the stunning view, and the peacefulness.
I wandered off, stood by the water, and marvelled at the silence. There was a sense of aloneness and of solitude that felt so pure. It was easy to drift into a contemplative place and space...
There wasn't a sound. Just silence.
In the process of intentionally quieting the mind, there was a revelation - there are sounds in the "silence". But in our emotional busyness, we so often miss the oft-gentle, and unobtrusive sounds around us.
Some were close by, some were very far away...
the sound of a gull's wings creating lift as it flew by
sheep in the hills
a dog's bark
a tiny bird, twittering on a fence post
a chain saw, somewhere far away
a gust of wind, rustling the few remaining leaves on a tree
the light rain, tapping on my jacket
a small outboard motor boat, on the other side of the Sound
the familiar Doppler effect of a vehicle quickly approaching, and departing
water lapping, gently on the shore
little birds, in the trees, munching on seed casings
a farmer, perhaps working in his barn
the sound of approaching footsteps in the tall grass
Joan's voice, asking if I was OK...
I had been so still for so long
my own contented sigh,
as I revelled in the beauty of the moment...
and the complete "silence"
Leaving NM 802092, and continuing down the A816, we came upon the ruins of a castle, built almost 450 years ago...
|Carnasserie Castle, built between 1565 and 1572 by John Carswell,|
Rector of Kilmartin and Chancellor of the Royal Chapel at Stirling.
|It was in this castle that Carswell published the first book in Scottish Gaelic,|
a translation of John Knox's Book of the Common Order.
|The Kilmartin Nether Largie standing stones, dated from Neolithic times.|
|Part of the circle of standing stones, dating to 3000 BC|
at Temple Wood in Kilmartin Glen.
|The passageway to the Royal Centre of Gaelic Dàl Riata.|
|The inauguration stone, and the foot print.|
In the world today, there is so much desire to talk, but maybe not so much to listen. We need to learn to gently listen, not only to the sounds in the natural world around us, but most especially, to one another. When this happens, we become aware of what it is that will help us create the world we all aspire to share, and to leave to our children. If we listen, the answers are there, amidst the layered sounds of silence.
It was good to make that stop at NM 802092. There was a message waiting, a discovery made.