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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 completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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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