Silence will teach you more in a day than a world of voices can teach you in a lifetime.*
The decline of our personal momentum might be the great untold story of our time. That electronic media, incoming, ‘breaking’, please reply, didn’t you see that, react right now, click here … this has a cost. And the cost is our internal drive to initiate instead of to just react.
Someone’s driving. It’s either you, going where you choose, or someone else, pushing you.**
You and I, we are more than what we do and what we have.
There’s an inside and an outside to all of us, whether we tend to this or not. Life appears richer when we join these up.
Henri Nouwen announced:
‘I must listen to my life telling me who I am.’^
It seems we struggle to do this, though.
I’ve just been listening to a radio piece on ten years of the smart phone. The snippets of interviews suggested we don’t go to the silence when we have a moment but check our phones. Sherry Turkle writes:
‘We build technologies that leave us vulnerable in new ways’.^^
We have yet to see just how and to what extent we will be more vulnerable.
Alongside our use of technology, we need to build in more silence and reflection. Reception is always good and the service plans are free. What we’ll be able to find is the kind of flow that takes us beyond boredom and through anxiety that being more reactive people leaves us with.*^
The doodle for today is about bringing the inside and outside world together through dreamwhispering and mindful doodling – something I’m putting together for a year of amazing journeying. Get in touch with me to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(*Frances Roberts, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Seth Godin’s blog: The motor.)
(^From Henri Nouwen’s Discernment.)
(^^From Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together.)
(*^A point made by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in Flow.)