stillness.

September 22, 2013 § 2 Comments

“The presence of a person who has stillness and contentment of heart engenders trust. They can sift from the chaff of talk and select what has weight and worth.  Sometimes the dignity of their composure can bring the company of those present to a finer level of attention and worthiness.” – John O’Donahue

 

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Colorado River

Colorado River

http://www.zimbio.com/Grand+Canyon+National+Park/articles/aXN6G_R2kiH/Crossing+Mighty+Colorado+River

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“Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”  – Paul Auster

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89A

89A

http://www.cs.unca.edu/~boyd/touring/tour04/day24/day24.html

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“[The modern age] knows nothing about isolation and nothing about silence. In our quietest and loneliest hour the automatic ice-maker in the refrigerator will cluck and drop an ice cube, the automatic dishwasher will sigh through its changes, a plane will drone over, the nearest freeway will vibrate the air. Red and white lights will pass in the sky, lights will shine along highways and glance off windows. There is always a radio that can be turned to some all-night station, or a television set to turn artificial moonlight into the flickering images of the late show. We can put on a turntable whatever consolation we most respond to, Mozart or Copland or the Grateful Dead.”  – Wallace Stegner

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Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

http://grandcanyon.com/horseshoe-bend.html

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“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.
The smell of woodsmoke, the drift of incense; a procession of monks in black-and-gold robes, one of them giggling in a voice yet unbroken; a touch of autumn in the air, a sense of gathering rain.”  – Pico Iyer

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