Hush by Bodhi Smith

"hush" a brand new impression and blog from me...
"awakening the silence inside me, the cypress trees said hush, calling to me like their brother, beckoning me to join them, swaying gently to the rhythm of the ocean breeze, quietly dancing to the new stillness in my heart" ― bodhinku, hush
"hush is such a calming word, and it's a great example of onomatopoeia. a peaceful hush is so often more calming than any words. and a hush can often give more clarity than anything spoken. being breathless with nothing to say really opens your eyes. sometimes it's so much better to truly see something with no words said at all" ― bodhinku, hush
"touch the hush with your mind, and you will begin to understand the one who you call yourself" ― bodhinku, touch the hush 
"hush! be still! be quiet! find acquaintance with silence. go inside, delve into your heart. take a day off from the clamour of the noise" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
"we need to find peace, and it cannot be found in noise and restlessness. peace is the friend of the hush of silence. see how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in quiet... we need a hush to be able to touch souls" ― mother teresa
"when there is a hush, one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself...stop thinking, allow the hush to enter your mind, and end your problems" ― lao tzu
"when words become unclear, i shall focus with photographs. when images become inadequate, i shall be content with the hush of silence" ― ansel adams
“give me a hush, water, trees, hope...give me struggle, wind, iron, volcanoes” ― pablo nerudathe book of questions
"meditation is the art of hearing the soundless sound, the art of hearing the music of the hush, what zen people call the sound of one hand clapping. and silence has a music of its own, it is not dead, it is very much alive, it is tremendously alive. in fact, nothing is more alive than the hush of silence" ― osho, book of wisdom
"i understand the voice of your hush and the silence of your trees" ― rabindranath tagore
"in the silence we listen to ourselves. then we ask questions of ourselves. we describe ourselves, and in the hush we may even hear the voice of god" ― maya angelou, even the stars look lonesome
"when i pronounce the word 'hush', i destroy it" ― wislawa szymborska, poems new and collected
"the hush is hearing everything devoid of noise, really listening to purity and what was meant to be heard" ― bodhinku, the hush
"i know the beauty of the is meant to get me out of my damn head, squash my overthinking, and remind me to refocus instead on the beauty all around me, surrounding me with its silence" ― bodhinku, beauty of the hush 
this song is one of my favorite new songs by a local los angeles band that is gaining in popularity (as i write this) for their stylishly lucid type of alternative music. i love these lyrics, and the jazy sexy instrumentals (reminiscent of the alternative from the 1980s that i grew up on) to go along with them is off the charts imho....give it an honest listen as you enjoy this new impression of mine by the saem name..."hush" by the marias ... (just click on any of words in the blue links to listen to the song)...  

"don't act so special, what i do is not for you. forget about it. you made this mess. i'll knock at your door. don't you ignore, or forget about it. (every night) got you runnin' in circles, i know. (touchin' me) get your paws off my dolce cologne. (back it up) off my throne 'cause you know you wanna (make me). walk away and forget about it...hush. (forget about it). hush...don't think you've made it under my skin. could never get in, forget about it. don't talk so much, your tongue is burning up, i've had enough. forget about it...(every night) got you runnin' in circles, i know (touchin' me) get your paws off my dolce cologne. (back it up) off my throne 'cause you know you wanna (make me). walk away and forget about it...falling in my den, full of lions, full of breath. take the muzzle from my head. i'm a sucker for revenge. i see you falling in my den, full of lions, full of breath. i take the muzzle from my head. i'm a sucker for revenge...don't act so special, don't act so good. forget about it. (every night) got you runnin' in circles, i know. (touchin' me) get your paws off my dolce cologne. (back it up) off my throne 'cause you know you wanna (make me). walk away and forget about it...hush (you gotta keep it hush). hush (you gotta keep it hush). hush"
 ― the marias, hush   
"you left behind
a calendar full of empty days
and seasons full of aimless wanders
leaving me alone
with an armful of sunrises
your reflection behind
in every puddle
your whispers
upon every tree
your fragrance
inside every leaf
you left your echoes in between
the hush of my eyes" ― 
sanober khan, turquoise hush
"a hush can often give more clarity than anything spoken. being breathless with nothing to say really opens your eyes. sometimes it's so much better to truly see something with no words at all" ― bodhinku, hush  
"when i talk to much, just look into my eyes and tell me to hush. please kiss me and shut me up" ― 
bodhinku, hush me     

"hush" is defined by merriam-webster as: to make someone be quiet or stop talking; a silence
hush is such a calming word, and it's a great example of onomatopoeia (when a word sounds like its meaning as its uttered aloud)...a peaceful hush is so often more calming than any words. and a hush can often give more clarity than anything spoken. being breathless with nothing to say really opens your eyes. sometimes it's so much better to truly see something with no words said at all...
wish i could hush up sometimes and just leave things unsaid. i talk too much when i'm uncomfortable. i need to hush and let a calm hush fall over my heart. be hushed like the trees here in the morning light, and wrap myself in peaceful silence...
awakening the silence inside me, the cypress trees said hush, calling to me like their brother, beckoning me to join them, swaying gently to the rhythm of the ocean breeze, quietly dancing to the new stillness in my hear...
hear the hush of the trees, as they stay silent no matter how noisy the wind blows...such a wonderful harmony, such an example to follow...
touch the hush with your mind, and you will begin to understand the one who you call yourself...
less words is better. and this picture is all about hush, and there is really nothing else to say about it...hope you can feel the hush coming from this picture, for that is the simple impression i wish for you to gain from my image here today...hush...and i truly hope you love this new impression...
"the trees always have the right thing to say: nothing" ― bodhinku, wisdom is a tree 
and here is a lively and catchy tune, but it's also a very meaningful song from an current alternative band you have probably never heard's all about talking less, learning to hush up and let feelings flow freely without your mouth getting in the way... "talk too much" by coin ... (click on any of the words in blue to follow link to video with lyrics)...

"caffeine, small talk, wait out the plastic weather. mmhmm, uh uh, discussing current events. i'll take my time. i'm not the forward thinker. you read my mind. better to leave it unsaid. why can't i leave it unsaid? you know i talk too much. honey, come put your lips on mine and shut me up. we could blame it all on human nature. stay cool, it's just a kiss. oh, why you gotta be so talkative? i talk too much, we talk too know my type. tightrope across the table, mmhmm, uh huh, i can't keep holding my breath. new wave, no time. red velvet under pressure. blah blah, green eyes. i never leave it unsaid, why can't i leave it unsaid? you know i talk too much. honey, come put your lips on mine and shut me up. we could blame it all on human nature. stay cool, it's just a kiss. oh, why you gotta be so talkative? i talk too much, we talk too much...silence is golden, and you've got my hopes up. we talk too much. no hesitation, what are we waiting for? we talk too much, you know i talk too much (too much). honey, come put your lips on mine and shut me up (shut me up). we could blame it all on human nature. stay cool, it's just a kiss. oh, why you gotta be so talkative? i talk too much, we talk too much" 
 coin, talk to much
"each of us needs to calm our busy mind and find our own sacred hush. because all these smartphones we carry in our pockets and in our hands are truly just breaking down our connections to each other, and further separating us from living in a natural world...being connected through an internet, with email, and social media, and texting, and twittering is only dumbing down society with extra useless busy noise. it's only the illusion of being connected, because this connection is not reality, and it's barely a virtual reality which regrettably people are seeing as their here-and-now world...people need to disconnect and silence their cell phones, unplug and let go...
since there are as many stars in the night sky as there are people on the planet, what if we could unite as human beings and just be like a deep still pond silently reflecting the stars of the night a reflection of the cosmos' silence and connections. be calm, not busy. be still and silent. keep our reflection and connection pure and clear...because, like ripples across the surface, cell phones are making noisy waves that are only muddling our reflection, making things all fuzzy and uncertain, breaking apart the peaceful silence we desperately need today...
you see...without the hush, there's no listening. without listening, there's no understanding. without understanding, there's no connection. without connection there's no meaning. without meaning there's no direction. without direction there's only floundering about and no stillness. without stillness, there's no clear reflection. without a clear reflection, there's no clarity. without clarity, there's no reason. without reason there's only chaos. with chaos, there's just useless noise. with useless noise, there can be no hush of silence, and without the hush, there's no listening, no understanding. no conscious connection...
there needs to be a giant hush, a time for breathing the same air, to permit a period of reflection in order to truly connect with other souls. we need to carry our connections in our hearts, not in our hands...the hush of silence needs to be the connection, not the disconnection..." ― bodhinku, connecting through a hush
"hush! silence the noise, breath in, breath out. soak in the glow of peace" ― bodhinku, hush   
and if you have been reading my blogs before, you are aware that in a very large part, this image composition was also influenced along with another favorite song of mine form the late 1980's, silent lucidity by the progressive metal band, queensryche... i implore you to please also give this meaningful and inspirational tune a good listen...
i have always loved the subconsciously surreal quality of this song about lucid dreams, but i also love the vision about a silent guardian watching over each of us in the hush of our dreams...after 30 years of loving this song, i know who that guardian is now...and i hope you enjoy and think about the following accompanying quotes i have included here to compliment this impression of hush..."wide awake we face the day. the dream is over...or has it just begun?"
"there's a place i like to hide, doorway that i run to in the night. it's a place where you will learn to face your fears, retrace the years, and ride the whims of your mind. commanding in another world, suddenly, you hear and see this magic new dimension...i will be watching over you. i am gonna help you see it through. i will protect you in the night. i am smiling next to you, in silent lucidity..." ― christopher degarmo, lead guitarist queensryche
"deep in the meadow, hidden far away
a cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
forget your woes and let your troubles lay
and when it's morning again, they'll wash away
here it's safe, here it's warm
here the daisies guard you from every harm
here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
here is the place where i love you" ― 
suzanne collins, the hunger games
"hush the angry man with love. hush the ill-tempered man with kindness. hush the miser with generosity. hush the liar with truth" ― gautama siddhartha buddha, sayings of buddha
"love is patient, love is a silent hush, love is kind. it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. it is not rude, it is not loud, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. love is both the darkness and the light out of the darkness. love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres" ― gautama siddhartha buddha
"the hush is a true friend who never betrays" ― confucius  
"remember who you are, remember past the lies that they taught you that you needed to be. remember the sacred lineage that flows within you. remember the simple truth of who you are deep down in the core of your being, and awaken. the silent winds are calling you and stirring deep your blood. without speaking, the ancients whisper wisdom into your veins, do you hear their sage words? are you ready to bear sacred witness to your own unfolding? the time has come to usher in the alchemy of your rebirth. are you ready? will you listen to the silent winds? there is so much more that exists beyond the rules and regulations that have been created to hold you prisoner. a vast, lush forest tangled with truth and promise waits to welcome you home. it is there that i witness the truth of you, deep within the arms of the hush; never can they tear us apart, my king, warrior and muse, primal, naked and raw. adoring teacher, nurturing lover and gaia’s eternal son"  ― c. ara campbell, silent winds (modified by bodhinku)
"whole in its splendor of silence, bound together with the synchronicity of ragged breath, pounding heart and unbridled passions. broken open only in longing, shattering every illusion, unwilling to wear the veils or masks of the past. desire crashes like waves upon a shore taking my breath away; a storm that is at once exhilarating in its power as it is nourishing with its life-giving rains. here is the playground of the soul; the raw, wild expanse of form and feeling balancing on the knifes edge of sanity, rising in the blinding culmination of ecstasy. here is a place of unity; two rivers that merge as one and flow like liquid fire to the sea. here is a journey to the stars; every sound a prayer to the divine, every act of worship upon the altar of the other in deepest reverence and purest love. this is what they must mean by eternity; this sacred space formed by beating hearts, breathless rasps, and open souls joined of one smile. these are the moments of radiant bliss spoken in all ages of the world and silently breathed into the syllables of all languages"  c. ara campbell
"you are coming; i can feel you on the breeze. these ages apart have been the longest, loneliest that i can remember. and they too shall fade as love weaves light from darkness stitching together the well worn tapestries of our spirits and all that went before dissolves...until the day you are in my arms once more, you lie cradled in my heart; and i am lost in eternal ribbons of memory. the landscape of time and space is a reminder of your existence. your place among the heavens as the brightest of stars, the true north that guides this vessel back home once more" ― c. ara campbell
"we must pass through solitude and difficulty, isolation and silence, to find that enchanted place where we can dance our clumsy dance and sing our sorrowful song. but in that dance, and in that song, the most ancient rites of our conscience fulfill themselves in the awareness of being human" ― pablo nerudatoward the splendid city
"we all arrive by different streets, by unequal languages, at the hush" ― pablo nerudathe book of questions
"it is only through silence that truth can be said, because it is only through silence that the truth is heard" ― osho, the voice of silence
"only when you have known yourself can you go anywhere else. then wherever you go you will carry a blissfulness around you, a peace, a hush, a celebration”― osho, awareness: the key to living in balance
"our greatest goal in life is to love...the rest, is silence" ― paulo coelho, manuscript found in accra
"it wasn't a dance, but instead the complete absence of noise and movement, the hush, that brought me in contact with myself" ― paulo coelho, the witch of portobello
"he has learned that inside the hush is the absolute balance of the body, spirit and soul. the person who preserves his unity will never be dominated by the storms of existence; they have the strength to overcome the difficulties and move forward" ― paulo coelho, warrior of the light
"this was a hush that spoke for itself. a hush that said we no longer needed to explain things to each other" ― paulo coelho, by the river piedra i sat down and wept
"she had finally allowed her negative feelings to surface, feelings that had been repressed for years in her soul. she had actually felt them, and they were no longer necessary, they could leave. she sat on in a hush, enjoying the present moment, letting love fill up the empty space left behind by hatred" ― paulo coelho, veronika decides to die
"we sit silently and watch the world around us. this has taken a lifetime to learn. it seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. the young, brash and impatient, must always break the hush. it is a waste, for silence is pure. the hush is holy. it draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking" ― nicholas sparks, the notebook
"let thy love play upon my voice and rest on my hush
let it pass through my heart into all my movements
let thy love like stars shine in the darkness of my sleep and dawn in my awakening
let it burn in the flame of my desires and 
let it flow in all currents of my own love
let me carry thy love in my life as a harp does its music, and
let me give the hush back to thee at last with my life" ― 
rabindranath tagore, collected poems and plays
"the world is the ever-changing foam that floats on the surface of a sea of hushed silence" ― rabindranath tagore, fireflies
"again, it comes down to shutting out the noise that isn't supposed to be there and listening to your inner hush" ― c. joybell c.
"there is a certain type of sadness, that creates holes in the top of your heart, for the sunlight to come through and shine over the trees and the fields (the veins and the ventricles), and illuminate the part of you that sits there, in silence and in understanding... alone but at peace. it's a certain type of being dead while you are alive; but in a good way, not in a bad way. your own cemetery where the middle of your soul rests in peace. a sadness to end all other sadness. the discovery of a pasture within your soul, where everything is okay" ― c. joybell c.
"deep in my soul that tender secret dwells,
lonely and lost to light for evermore,
save when to thine my heart responsive swells,
then trembles into a hush as before" ― 
lord george byron
"in human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when the hush is not understood" ― henry david thoreau, walden
"the hush of silence is the communing of a conscious soul with itself" ― henry david thoreau, the quotable thoreau
"death must be so beautiful. to lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to the hush of silence. to have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. to forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace" ― oscar wilde, the canterville ghost
"to know silence perfectly is to know music"― carl sandburg, good morning, america
"silence is golden, speech is silver...speech is of time, silence is of eternity" ― thomas carlyle, sartor resartus
"people misinterpret everything, even the hush of silence" ― franz kafka, the castle

"in my silence and stillness, my soul dances with the ecstasy of life" ― debasish mridha

"gautama buddha achieved enlightenment as he sat under the spreading limbs of the bodhi tree, breathing in and out in a hush of silence, as does a tree" ― 
nalini m. nadkarni
"have you ever heard the wonderful hush just before the dawn? or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night...each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully" ― norton juster, the phantom tollbooth
"i love your silence. it is so wise. it listens. it invites warmth. i love your loneliness. it is brave. it makes the universe want to protect you. you have the loneliness that all true heroes have, a loneliness that is a deep sea, within which the fishes of mystery dwell. i love your quest. it is noble. it has greatness in it. only one who is born under a blessed star would set sail across the billowing waves and the wild squalls, because of a dream. i love your dream. it is magical. only those who truly love and who are truly strong can sustain their lives as a dream. you dwell in your own enchantment. life throws stones at you, but your love and your dream change those stones into the flowers of discovery. even if you lose, or are defeated by things, your triumph will always be exemplary. and if no one knows it, then there are places that do. people like you enrich the dreams of the world, and it is dreams that create history. people like you are unknowing transformers of thing, protected by your own fairy-tale, by love" ― ben okri, astonishing the gods
"let the hush take you to the core of life" ― jalaluddin rumi, the soul of rumi
"the hush is an ocean. speech is a river. when the ocean is searching for you, don’t walk into the river, listen to the waves" ― jalaluddin rumi, the soul of rumi
"what in your life is calling you,
when all the noise is hushed,
the meetings adjourned...
the lists laid aside,
and the wild iris blooms
by itself
in the dark forest...
what still pulls on your soul?" ― 
jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
"when the tongue fails to convey what the heart has in store...the hush becomes the language of love" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
"why are you so afraid of the hush of silence? it's the root of everything. if you spiral into its void, a hundred voices will thunder messages you long to hear" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
"the hush of silence is the language of god, all else is poor translation" ― jalaluddin rumi, the essential rumi
"in the hush of love, you will find the spark of life" ― jalaluddin rumi, the music and silence of the heart
"there is a place born of a hush, a place where the whispers of the heart arise...there is a place where voices sing your beauty, a place where every breath carves your image in my soul" ― jalaluddin rumi, the music and silence of the heart
"quietness inside this new love, relax. your way begins on the other side. become the sky. take an axe to the prison wall. escape. walk out like someone suddenly born into color. do it now. you are covered with thick cloud. slide out the side. relax, and be quiet. the hush is the surest sign that you have relaxed. your old life was a frantic running from silence" ― jalaluddin rumi, hush don't say anything to god
btw, here is another perfect tune to listen to as you read onward, this is such a powerful song in message and meaning, with beautiful lyrics, "sound of silence" by disturbed (just click on the song title, it is a link to the lyric video) 
above i have chosen an updated, much more modern version, a more passionate cover of the famous song, but you only need to click here if you would rather listen to the sound of silence classic by simon and garfunkel ...

"hello darkness, my old friend. i've come to talk with you again. because a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while i was sleeping. and the vision that was planted in my brain, still remains within the sound of restless dreams i walked alone. narrow streets of cobblestone beneath the halo of a street lamp, i turned my collar to the cold and damp. when my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light that split the night and touched the sound of silence...and in the naked light i saw ten thousand people, maybe more. people talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that voices never share, and no one dare disturb the sound of silence..."fools" said i, "you do not know, silence like a cancer grows. hear my words that i might teach you. take my arms that i might reach you"...but my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence. and the people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made. and the sign flashed out its warning in the words that it was forming, and the sign said, the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls and whispered in the sounds of silence"― 
disturbed, sound of silence (lyrics by paul simon)
"we are not smart, totally being connected though texting, tweeting, instant messaging, and using social media, we are letting our smartphones disconnect us with noise...hush it...we need to carry our connections with others in our hearts, not in our hands" ― bodhinku, disconnect
"in my dreams, always there, watching over me, is my silent guardian, each night we talk without words, listen without hearing, see without eyes, hug without arms, fly without wings, and travel without moving...magical and lucid, combined with love and much so, sometimes when i awaken, i just want to go back to sleep" ― bodhinku, silent guardian
"when you finally hear their hush singing to you, you will know the love of the trees..." ― bodhinku, a hush is singing
"...and it is the hush of love where you will lose yourself, and find the answer key to your heart" ― bodhinku, hush key
"i have found that the hush of silence dissolves all the noise, freeing myself of being me" ― bodhinku, freeing silence
"want to hear magic? listen to the beautiful sound of the hush...and feel its wisdom― bodhinku, magic of the hush
"the trees are great teachers, their example allow us to tap into the wisdom of the hush of silence" ― bodhinku, great teachers
"silence is the last word that lets us know where the stars come from, and where we are going one day..." ― bodhinku, the last word
"the clean forest air, all wrapped up into a peaceful silence that's playing in surround sound, under a canopy of leaves that is highlighted by a glowing twilight...*sigh* that is my recipe of soup for the soul" ― bodhinku, soup for the soul
"hush is the silence you hear in your thoughts when your heart finds calming peace" ― bodhinku, hush
captured about 11 mins before sunrise on a beach in the florida panhandle at 6:44am on july 21, 2020...this composition is comprised entirely of one long exposure (f/11 @88mm for 11secs, iso-64)...and this single frame was not merged with any other exposures like i often do with my photography to achieve the perfect lighting of the entire scene...  
in my photography, i always use filters to create longer exposure effects, saturate colors naturally, and balance the light in my composition in-camera...i often use as many as four filters at time, and i always use at least one filter in my completed impressions...
for this exposure, to get the effects and balance i was looking for, i used two progreyusa filters in the capture of this composition, a 3.0 nd progrey antarctica filter to bring the light in the image down 10 stops to create this dreamy effect with motion blur of the clouds and naturally saturate all the reds, blues, and greens (rgb's) in the image, and a 0.9 gnd progrey aurora filter to help balance in-camera overall the image the way i envisioned this case, to stop down the light in the sky at the top an extra three stops and help permit details in the green shrubs at the bottom of the image come out better in the exposure...
i also used the progrey g-120z magnetic holder to hold the filters and secure them to my nikon d810 with a nikon nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8... 
and with this being a quasi-long exposure of 11 seconds, a stable and sturdy tripod is an absolute necessity in order to keep the image sharp...i wish to openly thank my sponsors who have always supported me through both the good and bad times...for truly this long exposure impression would not be possible without the use of my faithful induro phq3 series 5-way panhead with tripod in combination with the progreyusa filters which i use with every photo i take...
"if nothing else...if i open my eyes, if i cry, if i think, if i sigh, if i giggle, if i dance, if i love, if i breathe, then i have lived a full days worth of life...nothing is wasted, nothing" ― bodhinku, if nothing else
"i do not want you to just be into my photography, instead, i'd much rather you take a journey into my pictures, and feel the impression i have created, feel it with all your senses" ― bodhinku, into my photography
"contemplate without thinking. be certain only in your uncertainty. stop the world. slow down everything. let it all be. shut off the noise. hush. relax. seize this moment. reconnect. feel and sense what surrounds you. listen to all the colors of light whisper as they envelope you. see the melody and harmony that float about unnoticed. taste the solitude of all this wonderment. smell the beautiful silence. now discover your peaceful serenity. then, reach out and touch your faith with all your senses. this is my world. awaken!" ― bodhinku, my world
"my photography is my way of keeping a diary" ― bodhinku, my diary  
i leave you today wishing that bright joy 
and spiritual peace fill your life...
imploring you to make every moment count, 
no matter what, always and forever, 
for that is the only thing that truly matters...    
and above all else,
i hope this message and impression find you well.
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