Sunday, April 15, 2012

Thought for the Day

Inner silence is that feeling of reverence for life. 
It is a feeling we can carry with us no matter where we go. . . .

Outer silence is different. It is what we experience when we
are in a naturally quiet place. . . Outer silence invites us to open
up our senses and get connected, once again, to everything
around us. No matter in what direction you look it is all the same
connection. Outer silence can recharge . . . inner silence. . . 
[fill you] with gratitude and patience. . . .
~  Gordon Hempton and John Grossman*

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* Quoted from "The Quiet Path" in One Square Inch of Silence (Free Pres; Har/Cdr Ed., 2009) at GoogleBooks

8 comments:

Kathleen said...

I hadn't thought of these as different, but, yes, I see what's being said. Maybe I've felt them together in the "[o]uter silence can recharge...inner silence..." sense so I've connected them inside.

Thank you. I'll be thinking about this. And will have a chance to do so in a place of outer silence coming up soon!

Louise Gallagher said...

Beautiful quote Maureen -- thank you.

S. Etole said...

Both so very important.

Deborah Batterman said...

And the subtlety of the distinction is what makes this so profound. Great quote . . .

nance said...

"Silence is just another sound."

i made that up...i just like how it "sounds."

Diane Walker said...

I love this, Maureen -- but you knew I would!

Felt said...

"I have an appetite for silence."
~Emily Dickinson

Felt said...

"I have an appetite for silence."
~Emily Dickinson