Stories, Poems & Artworks of Silence

Day 7 – Stories, Poems & Artworks of Silence of “Sound & Silence’ Chapter

Of ‘Remembering Who Am I’ Series

OvO by Simon Haiduk & David Heskin

[Listen to audio here]

Silence can be a medicine or a weapon. You decide.

After 6 sharing on the perspectives of silence, understanding the fears and blocks, on types of silence (& solitude), the viewpoint of silence in terms of religion, culture and scientific research, and the practices of silence in daily life..

This is a space where we explore silence in the artistic point of view with artworks, poems, stories, quote and music.

“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”

Ram Dass

*Let’s enter into silence through the lens of others…*

ARTWORKS

Odilon Redon (1840-1916), a pioneer of Symbolist art: This fetching 1911 painting, Silence, shows Harpocrates, the ancient Greek god of silence and secrecy, expressing a soul gesture which is illustrative of the need to hold in our energy in order to hear our inner voice. Prepare to allow your eyes to turn inward as your body and soul to become fully immersed in the silence.


STORIES

Zen Story on “Sounds of Silence”:

4 monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for 2 weeks. By nightfall of the first day, the candle begin to flicker and went out.

The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.”

The second monk said, “Aren’t we not suppose to talk?”

The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?”

The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I am the only one who doesn’t speak.”

Lesson takeaway: This story explore the common blocks to silence, where each monk broke silence in different way, one with noticing the distraction (candle is put off); one is worried of the rules; one is with the expression of anger; and one with the expression of ego.

Story of “The Power of Silence”:

Once a farmer lost his watch in his barn which hold a deep sentimental value for him. After searching for a long time, he was too tired. He did not want to give up, he requested a group of children who is playing nearby to help him, promising a reward for those who found the watch. The children hurriedly went through entire stack of hays to find it. Some got tired and gave up after some time. With only a few children left, the farmer gave up his hope and just when he close his door, a boy came up to him with a watch on his hand. The farmer was happily surprised and asked how the boy succeeded to get the watch while everyone had failed. The boy replied, “I just sat there tried listening to the ticking of the watch. In silence, it was much easier to listen to it and direct the search in the direction of the sound.” The farmer was delighted and the boy was rewarded as promised.

Lesson Takeaway: Sometimes, all you need is just relax and listen.


POEMS

#0 The silence before the sound

the silence before the sound
is a quiet envelope between
the now and the after,
your last moment of unknowing
before the sowing
of whatever
whoever
wherever
comes next

Anonymous

#1 Quiet things

Cloud

trees

flowers

fruit

air

rock

soil:

the silent substance of Earth.

Anonymous

#2

“I longed for real silence

the kind you can’t find

but stumble upon in a cabin

somewhere

on a lake without a moon

where you hear the cigarette burn

and the candle flicker

and your thoughts come live

to dance in the symphonies of your mind.”

Atticus

#3 Breaking the Silence

“She spoke for the first time.

Her words fell like rocks in a coal mine.

She picked up a hammer and a pen.

Promising to never be silent again.”

Clea McLemore

QUOTES

“Silence isn’t empty, sometimes is full of answers.”

Angela A.G

“Listen to silence. It has so much to say.”

Rumi

“Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting. For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul. If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person. He no longer lives as a man.”

Thomas Merton

On the other hand, in terms of communication..

“Your silence won’t protect you.”

Andre Lorde

PS: I find this piece of music resounds ‘silence’ the most for me:

May you enjoy the bliss of silence being with your essence by listening to what it has to say. Thank you for being here, with me. See you next on exploring The Power of “Sound”.

Sometimes, all you need is just relax and listen.

Take care.

With Patience,

Abhya

Published by Abbhya 阿比亚 Pan Vic Qi

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