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How yoga and noise fit together perfectly fine

How yoga and noise fit together perfectly fine

Whenever I feel overwhelmed by city life, I long for the silence of the country side. Back at the farm of my late grandparents in the stunning but desolate northeast of Portugal, I am quickly reminded that the countryside is all but quiet.

It is still pretty easy to embrace the sounds that I hear when doing yoga in the backyard, overlooking the far horizons: the woodpecker that hammers his rhythmic drum, the distant ring of the bells around the necks of the goats, the crickets, the pin of the iron gate softly hitting the lock. And last but not least the sound of the electric bells of the church (there is nobody left to do the actual bell ringing, so the villagers voted to have a tape run around the clock). It all sounds incredibly peaceful to me.

However, there are some noises that manage to disturb my inner peace time and again: the voices of the neighbours shouting to each other. I never understood this mechanism. They shout whenever they have something to say, no matter how important or insignificant the message. Whether they want to discuss the quality of the eggs, the expected arrival time of the bakery bus or the latest gossip. Whether they are standing at the other end of the street or next to each other, they always seem to talk on the top of their voices.

Just in time for the bakery bus

Just in time for the bakery bus

Today, when I heard my sweet neighbour Conçeicão (74) reach out to senhor Santos (83) in a high pitch voice while I tried to reach my toes, it crossed my mind that they might actually crave for the exact opposite as I do. While I am trying to get the buzz of the city out of my system, these villagers are trying to beat the endless silence. What if you live in a village that is at the edge of extinction (latest head count: 59), where all animals (less one donkey) have been sold because people can’t take care of them anymore and where you hear the clock ticking each and every second? You want to make some noise to let the world know you are still alive.

Lets have a cheer for village noise, a celebration of life.

 

 

 

 


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