Solitude, Silence, Spaces

Every kind of creative work demands solitude, and being alone, constructively alone, is a prerequisite for every phase of the creative process. ~Barbara Powell

Winter is a natural time for hibernation, re-creation of ourselves, inward exploration. After three days of being with others, I am relishing my Saturday morning solitude. Jung said, “Silence is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words.” I can relate to that!

Yet how many of us take time to listen to ourselves, to retreat into silence and solitude as healing practices? It is very difficult in today’s world of instant and ever-present communication. Our environments have increasingly become loud, busy, cluttered palettes without the pauses that allow us to make meaning of them.

In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron says,”Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.” In a world where there are few spaces and silences, I think we must protect that dreamy idleness Ueland calls moodling (more here); that percolation process Bonni Goldberg writes about in her book on writing, Beyond the Words.

How do you create spaces and silences that help you digest your experiences, that make room for creative response?

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2 Responses to Solitude, Silence, Spaces

  1. donna says:

    http://www.woodka.com/2006/12/24/silent-night/

    Seek silence.
    Gladden in silence.
    Adore in silence.

    As one progresses on the path, one seeks silence more and more. It will be a great comfort, a tremendous source of solace and peace.

    Once you find deep solitude and calm, there will be a great gladness in your heart. Here finally is the place where you need neither defense nor offense — the place where you can truly be open. There will be bliss, wonder, the awe of attaining something pure and sacred.

    After that, you will feel adoration of silence. This is the peace that seems to elude so many. This is the beauty of Tao.

    Deng Ming Tao, 365 Tao

    I enjoy silence, both the lack of sound, and the silence beyond the chattering of my mind. When I am most at peace, there are few thoughts in my head, other than perhaps, “ah”! or “mmm…” The pleasure of a beautiful rose in my garden with its sweet fragrance, some great sex, some really good chocolate, and other sensual things can bring me to that point. But the deeper silence comes mainly in my awareness of the Tao, the moments I see real depth in the world, in the sun shining on a leaf and noticing all the texture and intricacies of just one leaf, or a landscape like those Ansel Adams photographed….

    _____

    Eventually, the silence becomes internal, and can be heard even in the noisiest of places… Namaste…

  2. quotesqueen says:

    Lovely. Thank you.

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