"A human being is part of a whole called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself,  his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." Albert Einstein

On silence

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Silence is...

a despiriting confrontation, or an invitation to open?

In silence we are challenged

by nonexistence

from which we spend our days running.

Silence is a vertiginous prospect

the incomprehensible in a vacuum

the inevitable absence that our minds resist.

It opens the floodgates

to questions

to possibility

forcing us to hear ourselves think

to notice the incessant spin and hum.

A laughable din

a metastatic horror

the sense of an ending.

It's an invitation to rest

to make peace in peace

with uncertainty.

Retreat from the fog

find liberation

feel clarity beyond thought.

It is a point of arrival

when the exits are sealed

a sacred void.

Breathe without restriction

see without obstacles

feel without force.

Care for the quiet

Expand the silence

Let the dust settle.

*This photo was taken at around 5am on a yoga retreat at the Mill Retreat Centre in France. 5am throughout all seasons is my favourite time of day. It's the relatively soundless, unpeopled hour, where you can stretch out and be, for a glorious timeless moment, suspended for as long as life allows, just sitting, not doing, not thinking.*

On emptiness

On going slow