Learn to be quiet

Noell S. Oszvald - Silence - Art - Photograph

You need not do anything.
Remain sitting at your table and listen.
You need not even listen, just wait.
You need not even wait,
just learn to be quiet, still and solitary.
And the world will freely offer itself to you unmasked.
It has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.

Franz Kafka

Artist: Noell S. Oszvald: “Silence” via artlimited.net via yama-bato.

Quote Source: blogut via creatingaquietmind

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  1. What it means to be at peace with oneself and the world around you.



  2. Great quote. I need to read that often. Thank you.


  3. Love it and ties back to some thoughts running through my mind after your blog on productivity. Where, in our quest to be productive,to be efficient, to maximize every opportunity within the time we have given to us, do we get to do nothing; to be silent; to think (or perhaps not think and just feel)? For me, success is not only defined by what I accomplish, but also by what I learn, by how I grow and for me, I need the silent time, the quiet time, the waiting time to do that. Thanks for sharing.


  4. This picture is amazing so tranquil. The gift of silence…..


  5. Love that and it’s ironic that it relates to how I have been learning how to breathe properly. Breathing & being still…easier said than done with my brain racing all the time!


  6. Martin Robertson says:


    Things I could have said:

    Oh, thank you. And, you know what I mean.

    No you don’t!

    And yes, you purposely did.

    Learn who you have wronged, and be most aware that any untruthful attempt at ecstasy, perhaps acquired for her, has in no way been conveyed to me.

    Properly post it wherever it applies,




  7. I find Being quiet, truly still, incredibly difficult. Yet in those rare moments I can achieve that state, I am rewarded with a sense of rejuvenation and “centeredness” (I think I just made up that word) that I find almost intoxicating….


    • David Kanigan says:

      I’m with you Lori. It happens so rarely. Calm. Peace. Still. And yes, intoxicating, that’s the word. You’ve captured it again – it’s intoxicating when experiencing those rare moments.


  8. An important place to visit everyday I think, if one can..It restores, humbles, awes. Yet the picture..was the image bowed with the stark beauty of stillness, crying with the knowledge of a reality unknowable to us, is her silence so stark and bare that no one can reach her?


  9. this photo’s uncannily similar to a scene I just described in my novel! Lovely quote.


  10. MyTai Chi teacher used to come up to me in lessons and say “relax”, and I’d reply “I am relaxed”, and she’d say “no you’re not”, then I’d get more tense than I was in the first place because I couldn’t achieve a level relaxation that existed outside of my experience.

    I don’t go to the lessons anymore, but just do the limbering up Qi Gong exercises most days, at double the speed that my teacher would’ve have approved of.


  11. Reblogged this on photographyofnia and commented:
    I loved it…


  12. Alex Jones says:

    Learning how to give attention, which includes silence is important to progress in positive ways in life.


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