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#4240 - Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee

The Nonduality Highlights -




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 San Francisco Bay, John Francis,

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 Washington, D.C., on

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 Silence.

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

micro-oases of 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

account and interpretation of silence as I experienced it." ~ John Francis

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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