Our world is loud, isn’t it? There are Super Bowls, Big Elections, Breaking News and Status Updates (and newsletters). I can get overwhelmed - I need quiet things to keep my balance. While this week’s High Five is not coming to you from one of these blissfully quiet Writer’s Cabins in California
, I’m not ruling it out for future issues. What’s the longest you’ve ever spent in total solitude? How long could you last?
I’m enjoying The Book of Life by J. Krishnamurti
. I read one or two entries each day. Many books can be effectively read this way. I’ll read an entry and then sit and think about it for a while. “I do not know whether you have listened to a bird. To listen to something demands that your mind be quiet -not a mystical quietness, but just quietness. I am telling you something, and to listen to me you have to be quiet, not have all kinds of ideas buzzing in your mind. When you look at a flower, you look at it, not naming it, not classifying it, not saying that it belongs to a certain species; when you do these, you cease to look at it.”
It’s not a simple thing to find this kind of quietness and to listen with real attentiveness. What can you hear right in this moment? Rosie is barking at a squirrel. Charlotte is starting her day upstairs.
I like quiet music. Can music be quiet? I’m not talking about volume. Just something subtle. I really like this tune by Stacey Kent
. I think I’ll listen to some Stacey Kent this evening. Stacey is a Sarah Lawrence grad with a degree in comparative literature. One day she just started singing. She’ll never headline a Half-Time Show at the Super Bowl and she doesn’t use pyrotechnics. She just quietly goes about the business of making music.
I came across a powerfully quiet post I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you because it’s the opposite of what I hear most. Read this short essay: What if all I want is a mediocre life?
I think she’s saying something important, softly. She’ll never be a YouTube sensation.
I hope you can find some peace and quiet this weekend. The world can wait a few minutes …
Just quietness. Not mystical quietness, because, let’s be honest, that’s not our world. Before you know it, you’ll be standing out in a howling rainstorm, doing your very best to shout over the weather, and a fish will jump out of the sea and slap you right in the face
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