This seemed an opportune time to revisit Elizabeth Dailey's flag "Listen to the Silence" from 2007. She is on a healing journey now post surgery, and stillness can be a part of that path. May her healing continue to go well.
This from Richard C. Miller seemed appropriate: "We live typically identified with two types of silence, and yet in being,
we can realize ourselves as a third. We may have yet to recognize the
third even though it’s our “nearest.” The first we know as the absence
of external sound, when everything is silent around us, within our
external environment. The second we know when our thoughts momentarily
subside, and we fall into the restfulness of our heart, abiding as the
naturalness of just being, when everything grows silent within our
internal environment. The third, and most
precious, arises when we realize that everything, internally and
externally, is a movement “in” our awareness, including silence, which
itself is but a temporary, or passing state of consciousness."
The flags were a festive addition to my garden party this week. Partially due to that visibility, the newest and last participant for this set stepped up! (Each set consists of 12 flags.) My friend Cloud Backus, a special ed teacher from Pasadena, now has the flags in her possession. Looking forward to seeing what she will create.