found-quiet, 18th October 2016

shh…… quiet……..
…. quiet is absence of unwanted stimulus….. not silence, that’s another story and not the total absence of sound…. of unwanted touch, smell, perturbations of sight, even movement, and yes, sounds… unwanted sounds…… even light, or dark, or place, or time….. all of these can trouble, interrupt a quiet…….. it’s also presence… the presence of stimulus not unwanted…… not necessarily bidden, or encouraged or deliberately placed…. it’s serendipity… a surprise… effortless…… time and space softly collide so slowly as to not even see it coming or happening until…….. a meeting of the not unwanted and coincidence converging on a single point……. blink! and you might miss it…… or it could last for seconds…. minutes, hours, days……. it can’t be replicated, bottled or made into some magic potion you uncork as and when……. it’ll change, from one quiet to the next will be different…. you might want the this quiet to be different from the last, and it will be anyway, in time for certain if nothing else……. it can’t be constructed, carved from its absence, honed with obsessive precision…… quiet if found….. found-quiet……. no profound, that’s something quite different and is usually a lot of effort……. quiet is also the absence of unwanted thoughts… again, not by design just by it happening…… to have none would mean you’re dead and that’s more dominated by a different kind of absence….
shh…. quiet…. enough’s enough…. for now..

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