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Using silence to explore thin objects through oblique creativity and the tangential, through the unspoken word and through those activities such as reading, writing, drawing and walking that can grow out of silence.
1. The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
2. The absence of sound; stillness.
3. A period of time without speech or noise.
It’s in and through silence that I more fully engage with objects.
In silence I find there a greater potential for appreciation, reflection, accretion, selection and sedimentation.
The silence need not be total. I’m not thinking earplugs or sensory deprivation, in fact I find not-quite-silence to be the best of both worlds, companionable and satisfying.
When there’s the sound of rain on the skylight, or the ticking of coals settling in the stove, when the winds blowing or there’s birdsong, I can enjoy that sound and gently, gradually filter out the cacophony of the rest.
I’ve begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.
from The Chosen by Chaim Potok
For the first few days I wallowed in the pure pleasure of freedom: no phone calls, no emails, no neighbours. I snuggled into the private silence of the house and walked out to see the fitful sun on the grass and on the sea, to watch the sharp mountain peaks punctuated by cloud, and to let the wind blow through me. To settle into the silence and somehow lower my own expectations – to plan, scheme, rule, manage the days as little as possible. To experience, sense, live, be as much as possible.
pg. 40 A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland