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Stillness, Silence, Insight, Clarity

I am reading Buddha’s Brain which summarizes the neuroscience about the benefits of meditation and solitude. The authors, Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius, intertwined science and poetry from practitioners of contemplative practices.

A few weeks ago, I began to blog differently and blogged less each day plus plus continued to take a day away from the computer. I thought I would feel less connected, but I feel more connected. I might have more clarity when I blog as I move in and out of stillness and quiet. I leave you with this short and profound poem by Tenzin Priyadarshi from the above noted book.

If there is no stillness,

there is no silence.

If there is no silence,

there is no insight.

If there is no insight,

there is no clarity.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

27 responses »

  1. I agree, but tell that to an artist.>KB

  2. I agree about blogging less: once or twice a week is enough for me.

  3. Profound. Truth. Quiet. Thoughts only make sound in your mind. Sometimes that is where they should rest. Insight will then be able to flow. Love your post. jk

  4. The most exquisite sounds can be heard when there is only silence.

  5. Love the idea of silence, I miss it! Very wonderful post:)

  6. Thank you, Ivon! That explains why there is no clarity…

  7. The creative process might be described as like breathing, so you resting gives the opportunity for creativity to build and then you have the created potential to unleash it in an emanation of creative manifestation.

  8. Hi, I love your blog! I have nominated you for a Liebster award! You can read about it here: :)


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