Oh silent night
From the Run Wild Creative archive
This comes form the Run Wild Creative archive, an email newsletter from way back when.
Dear loved one,
Let go of the extra weight you are carrying in your shoulders. Release tension like it’s melting chocolate in the sun. Breathe in. Imagine your breath is expanding the gaps between your rib cage. Don't forget to breathe out.
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If you are unsubscribing from things, use the time you’ve saved by sitting under a tree, or taking a shot of vodka while staring into the eyes of someone you adore.
“Silence is about rediscovering, through pausing, the things that bring us joy...Shutting out the world is not about turning your back on your surroundings, but rather the opposite: it is seeing the world a bit more clearly.”
- Erling Kagge, Silence in the age of noise
Your creative exercise: Be silent for one night. No music, no TV, no internet, no distractions. See what comes up.
I heard a story about Buddhism retreats where you go off the grid for three year stretches. I long for all of this, but when I’m faced with silence and solitude for more than 48 hours, I want to be crushed in a wave of dancing people. When I’m staying in a small cabin in the middle of the bush, I suddenly yearn to walk very quickly in the streets of Sydney, like the razor fast zipping to the next location will somehow stave off the question of ‘what does it all mean?’ Being still and silent is more scary, and thus, more rewarding. I don’t know what it all means, what I do know is that silence helps slow down the race to the end, for me anyway.
As always, write back to me. If it was possible to write this and mail it out to you, I would, but this will have to do.
Lots of love,