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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Walk the Earth in Silence...


Walk the Earth in Silence,
in the stillness of Being,
communing,
listening,
hearing,
sensing,
feeling.

Walk the Earth in the Silence
of unassuming,
open,
receptive,
awareness;

leaving only a trace
of a footstep here and there.

Walk the Earth in Silence
from the stillness of the Heart;
standing at the still-point,
in the hush of the Mystery…

Speak the language of Silence,
Heart to Heart,
whispered wordlessly
in the silent Rhythm…

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Mystic Meandering
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December 19, 2010


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“Walking the Earth in Silence” does not mean being silent, as in - not speaking, not expressing - as “I” likes to express, to create, to speak, to write – have you noticed? :)

The sense that I had when the words came was that it is about walking in the stillness of Being; being still of heart and mind, acutely *aware* of the Silent Awareness that is Aware, as well as aware of what is being experienced – what is being lived – in every moment. It’s the felt sense of living from the inner Silence of the Heart, deeply listening to and deeply attending to this space; living Its ways, moving with Its Rhythms… I know there are those of you out there who do…

Ultimately, wanting to “walk the Earth in Silence,” for me, is about wanting to walk through life intimately with what is inherently Awake and Aware in us all, to what is inherently Awake and Aware in nature – as they are the same; recognizing this Radiant Nature in everyone. How delicious that would be! Communing intimately with this Aliveness in everyone and everything, knowing that it is ‘This’ that is living us, breathing us, and taking us where we need to go in the way we need to go. Simply trusting. Simply being.

How freeing to walk in this way – in the Silence of the Heart. This is what “I” wants… This is this Heart’s aspiration.

Walk with me and share how your Heart wants to walk on the Earth… :)


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This photo was taken by my father in the early 50’s –
probably the winter of 1952/53.
He was walking in from the main road with a shovel
to where our small summer camp was
after a blizzard on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire.
The “camp” was really the size of a large “tool shed”
that he built a porch onto where he and my mother slept,
while my sister, brother and I slept in bunk beds
and on a cot inside, on Summer vacations.
It had a door, a window,
sink, a fold out table for eating, but no toilet.
Fun!
Might have made a nice hermitage for one!

He took this picture of his own footsteps in the snow.
Although my father did not “walk the Earth in Silence,”
and we did not have a close relationship,
he had a depth that I only saw glimpses of,
and wish he had expressed more.
But he kept it silent…
I think he probably appreciated the silent times
alone in nature that captured his Heart – and his footsteps…


10 comments:

  1. Great photo, fun that you have this glimpse into the inner life of your father.

    I love this line: ". It’s the felt sense of living from the inner Silence of the Heart," Says it all for me.

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  2. You've expressed the 'Silence' perfectly Christine! Sitting in the Silence for me is turning off the stimuli which would intrude on my present moment in any manner. I am quite comfortable living this way, and practice it as much as I am able, which for me in living alone is actually quite easy to do, thankfully.

    Your father's photo is stunning and so in keeping with what you've shared in this post.
    Your camp sounds wonderful and I've always longed for a place just as you've described.
    By the looks of his photo he did know that place of deep contemplation...it really speaks to me. It is crisp, concise, and solitary.

    Sunday Blessings Dear One!

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  3. ZDS - Yes that's it for me too. Seems so simple, yet I find myself feeling as if I've lost it again and again, which of course isn't true, but the reaching for it starts and off I go on my mystic journeys, thinking i need to find it again... :) Silly "me"...

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  4. Thank you Akasa ~ Am looking forward to more time in "The Cave" basking in this Silence, "until" it becomes a way of being in the world - at least that felt sense of living from that space.

    Yes, the camp we had would have been a place I would have gone to now for quiet contemplation, but it is no longer ours and is in fact being used as a tool shed! :)

    Yes, I think Dad knew the space of Silence too, in his own way. :)

    Much love to you. I'll be thinking of you in your Silent space... Christine

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  5. Beautiful photo! Walking the Stillness of silence... I have to carry that in my pocket. Lovely!

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  6. Hey Genju ~ I like the way you put it too - "walking the Stillness of silence..." Sounds peaceful. So many ways to say it.

    People like Thich Nhat Hanh, John Daido Loori, Thomas Merton, and Rumi, and more, all are/were able to do this. I read that Daido Loori connected with the essence of a tree, rock, or whatever his subject was, getting their permission, before taking their photo. To be that in touch with the the Essential Nature of Silence/Stillness within everything is beautiful...

    Thanks for coming by :)

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  7. "I read that Daido Loori connected with the essence of a tree, rock, or whatever his subject was, getting their permission, before taking their photo. To be that in touch with the the Essential Nature of Silence/Stillness within everything is beautiful... " -- OHHH! That is beautiful! :)
    XOXO

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  8. Lovely sharing especially about your father.
    If only we could 'see' the true depth and spirit of those we came from this time around.
    I spent my whole life trying to peek into my parents. :o)
    I also noted that this photo is as old as I am. LOL Only it has held on better. *wink*

    Your writing touches deeply...Walking in the stillness of Being...

    Blessings...

    Thank you for the gentle reminder...

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  9. Welcome Sandra! Good to see you here... I am also touched by your lovely sharings on your beautiful blog space... Christine

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