Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Luxury of Silence

Silence is not necessarily the absence of noise. It is something more expansive, an awareness; a breadth. Writers peer within busy, over-stimulated minds & require this stillness so must call for it at will, when time presents that blessed window of opportunity to quiet down the insistences of an outside world.

In silence we become alert; we become watchful & ready.

In a world built by walls of controlled quietude, there rests a freedom to explore. In the silence of imagination, we forget ourselves. We are no longer forced to imagine the multiplicities of our own lives. We permit our minds to expand & watch—intent on learning what might manifest once an opportunity has been accorded. We breathe deeper; we prepare to be transported.

In the space accorded by silence, we still distraction & finally permit imaginative thought to find it’s own rhythm. Like the waves of a sea, the writing focus arrives & we experience the power of recording imagination. These waves of transposed thought deliver images; they bring considerations, vignettes, expressions & an occasional treasure in the form of perfect phrasing—material dredged from the higher recesses of mind. In silence we again marvel at how effective the mind functions, once lent the necessary conditions.

All creativity requires is trust & surrender.

{Images by Cecil Beaton}


  1. A very nice post. I find that when I silence my mind it creates the space for new ideas to enter. I'm glad I discovered your blog today! I'll be back, for sure.

  2. Thank you so much, Tony for your comment. The ability to create a silent place to draw inspiration from is so critical for the creative process. I wish you all the best in your work & thanks for visiting.

  3. Loved this post. Beautiful perspective and pros, and such a serendipitous discovery. Will also be back for more, and signing up this instant.

  4. Thank you so much for visiting & leaving such lovely feedback, Jo. I truly appreciate the support.