casshallSince 2013 I've had the honor of sitting next to @patshen in friendship and art. Yesterday we were humbled to share @iposfilm at a @smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C. for @dcenvirofilm At the Q&A one question asked was something to the effect of "there's noise everywhere - why do you think we're so afraid of silence?" My response was immediate based on my personal experiences with silence. I don't think we are afraid of silence, I think we're afraid of ourselves, our true selves. The things that bubble up in silence can be difficult, scary, and hard. They can also be clear and rewarding. But, to be yourself means sitting with those things, accepting the parts of you that seem difficult for yourself and/or the world, and stepping forward as you are equipped with knowing you're being you. And equipped with a deepening sense of compassion and unity with your fellow human often based on a newfound vulnerability. Without silence and solitude we have no real community because without silence and solitude no one is being their authentic and unique selves. Stepping forward to be yourself takes courage - and so does continually getting to know, love, and trust yourself as you are. To be love for the world, be love to and for yourself. ... Major thanks to the incredible people behind the marvelous film festival here @dcenvirofilm And to the author of "Where The Heart Beats" Kay Larson for joining our Q&A panel. Thanks especially to director and friend @patshen who let me join the IPOS team @tallmountains @brandonvedder (special thanks to Larry Schindel for his support and this photo!)
- om_babyBeautifully said.
- trinabeanaLove this perspective.
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