Your mother has probably more than once asked you for quietude even if she hasn't used the word. Quietude means a state of peace and quiet. It goes hand in hand with solitude.

Quietude is a word that is used less and less, as we seem to have less time and space for it. A park used to be a good place to find quietude, but with cell phones, you're likely to begin chatting even when no one else is around. If you really want quietude, you might try a library, or a chapel. Meditation can be used to bring you a moment of quietude wherever you are. Try it now. Ohhhmmm. Ohhhmmm. Ohhhmmm.

Definitions of quietude
  1. noun
    a state of peace and quiet
    synonyms: quietness, tranquility, tranquillity
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    ataraxis, heartsease, peace, peace of mind, peacefulness, repose, serenity
    the absence of mental stress or anxiety
    easiness, relaxation
    a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry
    dreaminess, languor
    a relaxed comfortable feeling
    type of:
    a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement
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