The power of silence

The power of silence
"Silence is a source of great strength." — Lao Tzu

Silence is a continuing theme in my life right now and Lao Tzu’s quote has inspired me again.

Dictionary.com defines silence as the absence of sound; stillness.

I define silence as the great undercurrent that holds everything together.

When sound is absent, there is still something there. If you pay attention and try to hear silence, you can feel it. It is an energy that has a deep and eternal source. It holds us as if in cupped hands even when we’re busy noisemakers, even when we forget that it is there.

It is the silence that carries me when I walk and helps me to keep going when the going gets tough.

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The Way of Peace and how to find your own

The Way of Peace and how to find your own
"When you live on a round planet, there’s no choosing sides." — Wayne Dyer

This morning as I walked into the office, the newspapers lying on the coffee table in our client waiting area jumped out at me:

Terror! The headlines were huge and bold. Terror was the word being used to draw in readers and sell newspapers.

And it is true. There are people in this world doing terrible things and creating terror. There are wars and murders and atrocities being committed everyday. I don’t deny that.

But I don’t buy the news and I still believe that the goodness of humankind can outweigh the ugly and the bad.

Last year as I walked the Via Francigena, I became acutely aware of the “stranger danger” programming I learned as a child. Whenever strangers approached me, my first reaction was fear, wondering if I could trust them or if they intended me harm. What I experienced was kindness and curiosity; people only ever wanted to talk to me, to offer me coffee or a meal or the use of their bathroom.

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