#4240 - Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Editor: Gloria Lee
- The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlightsAn ordinary man seeks freedom through enlightenment.An enlightened man expresses freedom through being ordinary.~Adyashanti"As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragranceof the flower;so do the wise move through the world."
From the Dhammapada: Flowers, verse 49posted by Anipachen to Daily Dharma
he who can hear love
can hear silence
he who can hear silence
can hear love
all the words of the world bow
and pay homage to silence's song
it is a strange song
hearing it and speaking it
are the same song~ Kabir Salujaby Kia Pierce on FacebookThe activist John Francis didn't speak for almost two decades.His new book, and his talks, show us what he learned.In 1971, after the devastating 800,000-gallon oil spill in the San Francisco Bay, John Francis,then a young man, pledged to never ride a motorized vehicle again. Two years later, he addedvoluntary silence to his vow, spending 17 years in silence as he walked the world and becameknown as The Planetwalker. The first words that he spoke again were in Washington, D.C., onthe 20th anniversary of Earth Day. In 2009, Francis, by then a National Geographic fellow witha Ph.D, told his remarkable story in the candid and deeply inspirationalPlanetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
The Ragged Edge of Silence explores the art of listening through a beautiful collage of personalaccounts, interviews, science, storytelling, and a fascinating historical perspective on the role ofsilence across Hindu, Buddhist, and Native American cultures. Francis transcends the purelyphilosophical to offer practical ways of building constructive silence into our everyday routines asmicro-oases of self-discovery amidst our stimulus-overloaded lives.
"The Ragged Edge of Silence digs deeply into the phenomenology of silence and the practiceof listening. As in Planetwalker, I followed a methodology that recognizes the importance ofpersonal documents, explanations, and interpretation of silence. This story, then, is my personalaccount and interpretation of silence as I experienced it." ~ John Francis
For a moving glimpse of Francis's unusual story, don't miss his excellent 2008 TED talk:Thanks to Rashani Rea for introduction to John Francis