Petit repost avec ce profil bilingue et poétique ❤
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Today's poem is a bit different from usual, it was inspired by a burin engraving and etching from American artist George Ball, made in 1972. It is on the second slide. As some of you regularuly ask me, this poem was first written in French and then translated to English. .
Le poème d'aujourd'hui est un peu différent de d'habitude, il a été inspiré par une gravure au burin et eau-forte de l'artiste américain George Ball, qui date de 1972. L'oeuvre est sur la deuxième diapo et vous pouvez mon poème en français sur la troisième. Le poème original est celui en français. .
Swipe left for French - Faire glisser pour la version française.
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1 year ago
I’ve been in silence since March 8th.
That’s ten days.
No spoken words.
Just sounds and gestures and a bit of communicating via writing.
There was no conscious decision, a vow of silence, a dedication of the act (consecration) or a spiritual commitment (tapas). I simply stopped talking.
I was hiking with friends to “the sanctuary “. I got tired of my own talking.
So I stopped.
someone said “thank you for witnessing”.
I like that.
All my life I’ve talked a lot. More than most people i’ve met.
i have always told my stories.
or asked questions that influence what the other person is saying.
Now i listen.
I let people talk.
I let them pause.
I let them find the word.
it’s not even “i let them”.
it’s more like “i witness them as they…” I sometimes don’t even answer or gesture yes or no because I don’t want to decide or to communicate.
I am witnessing.
I am witnessing what is happening without my input, my suggestions, my opinions.
I’m noticing how easily my mind reacts and wants to say something, to be right, to be helpful, to be part of the conversation, to disagree, to be loved, to be worthy, to be smart, to act out any of the many parts of me, to just Do something.
Its frustrating not to be able to talk or respond.
It’s exciting. Wow what would happen if i just let things happen.
Life is totally captivating without me doing anything.
When I try to do things, they often don’t work out or the effort wasn’t worth it.
In the past I’ve attended many silent meditation retreats and took a day of silence quite often. One time I stayed in silence for two or three days after the retreat.
This time it’s deeper, different, wider.
Not just because it’s ten days and counting.
But because I’m different.
It’s amazing to see how people manage without my input and how the world keep turning without me turning the handle.
I’ve also minimized deciding, leading, choosing or taking action.
Instead, i’ve just sat back and watched what happens when i don’t get involved.
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