“Can we talk later?” My Munich friend breathed into the phone. She had just come off a three-week marathon music tour. She said she needed time to digest all that had happened over the past few weeks so we agreed to put off our conversation for another time.
It reminds me of what Renee Trudeau recently blogged about. She and I had talked at length about our work ~she’s in the ‘renewal business’, helping women live powerful lives while I’m about the business of time and what we do with it. We rarely allow ourselves to digest what it is that we experience. We consume, but do we absorb those experiences down to the fiber of our being?
She blogged about some of the thoughts provoked by our conversation. She writes:
What revelations might we all be missing because we’re yes, moving too fast, but also not creating big spaces of time in our lives to really allow ideas to deeply seep into our bones? To fully digest concepts that may surface, but are quickly swatted away, like pesky flies.
She is now on a delicious month-long writing sabbatical.
The creative process deserves (and demands) moments of quietude. To do things with the utmost of our being, we need beingness. I recently pushed off a creative assignment until the next morning, knowing it required my full creative awareness. I needed that deep listening that the birthing process of art demands. To capture it all hungrily is my ultimate desire. For that I need the silence of the deaf to truly listen.
Sound is something we are surrounded by. Anyone who comes to where I live remarks how truly quiet it is. I love the softness of the air, kissed by the trees that exhale our sustaining lifeforce. The sweet sound of silence enriches us all.
How might you quiet your mind today to all the white noise around you to savor your moments? It starts in the heart where your life’s truest purpose dwells.
the heart forumJuly 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm
Great post. Not only we do we need quietude for the creative process, we need it from time to time to maintain our sanity. Without making a point to slow down and reflect, it’s all too easy to get lost in the rat race and forget if all that we are busy doing is aligned with our authentic selves. We might think what we do is aligned with our center when we set out to do things but our centers also shift as time goes on. If we took the time to check in with ourselves, we would be able to notice these differenes and make adjustments along the way.
powerofslowJuly 19, 2010 at 6:39 am
That is SO brilliant and spot on. Our centers shift along the way. Might I quote you on my Facebook Power of Slow page with a link to your site? I invite you to introduce yourself and your work there as well, if you do that sort of thing. Best to you!
Shifting Left of Center « The Power of SlowJuly 19, 2010 at 8:45 am
[…] Hui from The Heart Forum left a most wonderful comment about my piece On Savoring that is most appropriate to this notion. She writes: Not only we do we need quietude for the […]
the heart forumJuly 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Yes, feel free to quote my comment on Facebook. I really enjoyed your post today too re Shifting Left of Center. Looking forward to sharing more ideas with you.