The fullness of silence

Listen to the silence.

It will teach you.  It will build strength
Let others share it with you.
It is little to be found elsewhere.”
(Frances Roberts)

“Little Things in Life supplant the “great events.””**
(Peter Altenberg)

We live in a society increasingly fearful of silence, or so it seems.  Filling our days with distractions to silence, we do not see how silence is our friend, helping us to see most clearly.  To know ourselves.  To see how we see makes it possible to see more.

Otto Scharmer writes about how we do not see how we see:

‘The way we pay attention – the place from which we operate – is the blind spot in all levels of society.’^

This is about our unique way of seeing, how we can bring it bravely and kindly into the world.  In the silence there’s no-one to compare ourselves to: we are not Narcissus, nor are we Echo.  There’s only us and in the silence we find the truth about ourselves to be enough.

Our personal preference for silence may be found in a hidden place or public space, in urban space or rural, in stillness or walking or even something faster.  It will involve removing the earbuds and ignoring the smartphone and being with ourselves in the fullness:

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.  Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”^^

‘[L]iving is a privilege.  Life is a gift.  We are so lucky to go through this journey, each of us, to deal with the drama and the nonsense and the happenings.  We can’t say it enough.’*^

(*Frances Roberts, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**Peter Altenberg, quoted in the Paris Review, 17/10/13.)
(^From Otto Scharmer’s Theory U.)
(^^Carl Jung, quoted in Brené Brown’s Rising Strong.)
(*^Hugh Macleod, from gapingvoid‘s blog: 1/3/17.)


Images can bring out the things you really want to say in a deeper and fresher way.  Thin|Silence can help you to do this with anything from simple to complex illustrations.  Here are a few simple ones (from the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy’s What’s the University For?)

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