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An ordinary man seeks freedom through enlightenment.
An enlightened man expresses freedom through being ordinary.
"As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance
of the flower;so do the
wise move through the world."
From the Dhammapada: Flowers, verse 49
posted by Anipachen to Daily Dharma
he who can hear love
can hear silence
he who can hear silence
can hear love
all the words of the world bow
and pay homage to silence's song
it is a strange song
hearing it and speaking it
are the same song
~ Kabir Saluja
by Kia Pierce on Facebook
DailyGood: Secrets from 17 Years of Silence
The activist John Francis didn't speak for almost two decades.
His new book, and his talks, show us what he learned.
In 1971, after the
devastating 800,000-gallon oil spill in the
then a young man, pledged to never ride a motorized vehicle again. Two years later, he added
voluntary silence to his vow, spending 17 years in silence as he walked the world and became
known as The
Planetwalker. The first words that he spoke again were in
the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. In 2009, Francis, by then a National Geographic fellow with
a Ph.D, told his remarkable story in the candid and deeply inspirational
Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of
The Ragged Edge of Silence explores the art of listening through a beautiful collage of personal
accounts, interviews, science, storytelling, and a fascinating historical perspective on the role of
silence across Hindu, Buddhist, and Native American cultures. Francis transcends the purely
philosophical to offer practical ways of building constructive silence into our everyday routines as
self-discovery amidst our stimulus-overloaded lives.
"The Ragged Edge of Silence digs deeply into the phenomenology of silence and the practice
of listening. As in Planetwalker, I followed a methodology that recognizes the importance of
personal documents, explanations, and interpretation of silence. This story, then, is my personal
interpretation of silence as I experienced it." ~ John
For a moving glimpse of Francis's unusual story, don't miss his excellent 2008 TED talk:
Thanks to Rashani Rea for introduction to John Francis
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