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On Being Quiet

Have you ever wondered why libraries have special atmospheres? They are places where many congregate but where silence is the code. Quietness in an atmosphere means there is the presence of quiet minds, and quiet minds are not only relaxed, they can concentrate easily and create more freely. Imagine you are in the library of your mind, browsing the accumulated wisdom on the shelves of your life – listen to the silence, be aware of the stillness. Now you can really listen.

Now you can really hear. Now you can really think.

Now you can create.

And behold, you are an artist.

Did you not know that silence and creativity are lovers?

From Jaymini Patel

It was not that the jagged precipices were lofty, that the encircling woods were the dimmest shade, or that the waters were profoundly deep; but that over all, rocks,
wood, and water, brooded the spirit of repose, and the silent energy of nature stirred the soul to its inmost depths.
– Thomas Cole

When all is said and done, is there any more wonderful sight, any moment when man’s reason is nearer to some sort of contact with the nature of the world
than the sowing of seeds, the planting of cuttings, the transplanting of shrubs or the grafting of slips?
– St. Augustine


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