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Rhythmic Silence

Dear Friends:

I sincerely hope you are enjoying this blessed summer and finding peace within yourselves and inspiration within your work.  Work, intensely felt, brings such a perfect quietness to our souls.  It is a wonderful thing to become so inspired that when totally absorbed in something we lose ourselves in rhythmic silence – no talking, no distraction, just a beautiful single focus accompanied by the music of the spheres.

In the art world, many have spoken of this special place as being in the zone and staying in the flow.  I have experienced it as well while ice skating or dancing.  I can imagine that the same applies to skiing down a mountain slope, or climbing up, or sailing still waters.  On June 30th the Tour de France begins again and those inspired athletes will spin along the edges of those mountain zones and feel the flow.

On July 27, 2012, the Olympic Ceremony begins in London, and there the world’s best athletes will accomplish fantastic feats of flight — each one inspired to find the zone and their own personal flow. Medal or none each one is a winner for their soul has touched that magical place of rhythmical silence and felt the presence of God.

For all of you who participate in your own olympic games, I wish you a peaceful journey into the zone and pleasurable ride in the flow of your own personal inner rhythmic silence. For those of you who celebrate Independence Day here in the United States, I wish you a joyous July 4th celebration. And to everyone, may your summer be inspired and filled with realized expectations.  Should you happen to be in or near Lexington, Kentucky, join me for my next workshop.  Whatever you do, let your inspiration be tomorrow’s masterpiece.

On Talking
            by Kahlil Gibran

And then the scholar said, Speak of Talking.
And he answered, saying:
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

Excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

One Response to “Rhythmic Silence”

  1. Katherine Jacobson says:

    Dear Olivia Braida …
    Thank you for this lovely page and excerpt by Kahlil Gibran from “The Prophet”. This makes it especially OK to be quiet when the world is so much full of words and chatter. The artist has a special place and I am slowly learning to appreciate this.
    In earlier years of my college days I was ushered through a series of courses in Industrial Design while learning how to draw for this purpose. Having followed a different route in life and putting down the art supplies for a long time I can appreciate that it may be fine to at least pick up the tools for another purpose in appreciation of the soul. Your pages are encouraging and give me hope that maybe I will actually follow in some form the path of Botanical Artist … do love my flowers and plants the living still life of our world.