Sunday, March 04, 2012

Speak Softly

"For some people, solitude matters; for some people it is the air that they breathe. And, in fact, we have known for centuries about the transcendent power of solitude; it's only recently that we have strangely begun to forget it. . . " 

". . . So I wish you the best of all possible journeys and the courage to speak softly. . . "
Susan Caine


  1. Serendipity! I just watched this on this morning. It's amazing. So affirming.

  2. Hi dbs - ah, our small-large world! Wonderful!

    it's early morning here; monochromatic sky and hills; a soft, drizzly day, perfect for nestling in with a hot drink and TED's inspiring offerings. Susan Caine's talk is very affirming, yes.

    Three others I enjoyed this morning are -

    Embracing Otherness (Thandie Newton)

    The Danger of a Single Story - (Chimamanda Adichie)

    What Hallucination Reveals about our Minds (liver Sacks)

    Have a great Sunday!

  3. Ah, thank God, thank you, Claire. There is a place for those of us who treasure and cherish quiet, the solace of solitude, the deep pleasure in being alone so that we can sit still and listen--to the world, to the wildness in us, the softness, the simplicity, the complexity that being in the quiet of our own minds yields. Oh, thank you. Now I can breathe, softly as a bird, as a fish, as leaves on an oak tree--and see what the universe is really saying and know what I really think and feel. xo

  4. Dear Melissa - there is a place, yes. A big, open, roomy space for tuning in to the world, to the 'wildness in us, the softness, the simplicity, the complexity that in the quiet of our own minds yields. . . '

    I love your choice of the world 'yields' - it suggests complicity, generosity and participatory energy. Are we not here also to be our own best allies and advocates? Hand-in-hand we go, breathing softly as birds, as fish.

    Thank you, M.

    L, C xo

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