March 9, 2016 – Keeping Quiet
An excerpt from Pablo Neruda’s Poem titled “Keeping Quiet:”
“If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.”
(English translation by Alastair Reid)
Sometime this week choose a time to “do nothing.” Repeat weekly forever.
Give a “huge silence” a chance to interrupt the sadness of not understanding yourself — and to turn threats of death into invitations to life.
What would “doing nothing” look like for you? Imagine it now. Do it this week.