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Keeping silence together

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I returned to the podcast of Krista Tippett’s “On Being,” and to housework.  At the end of the podcast, Sylvia Boorstein read Pablo Naruda’s poem, “Keeping Quiet.”

She read the first four lines, and I couldn’t pay attention to the rest of the poem, because those first four lines captured my attention, and held it.

Now we will count to twelve 
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth, 
let’s not speak in any language…

Let’s not speak in any language.  Not Christianity.  Not Unitarian Universalism.  Not any language.  Only silence.

And I wondered…because that’s what my mind does when something captures my attention….I wondered–“What would it be like if we all kept silence together?”

Sure, Buddhist monks and lefty Catholic nuns meditate together.

But what about atheists and fundamentalists Christians?  What about evangelical Christians and progressive Muslims?  And Pagans, and Buddhist, and Presbyterians, and Methodists and Hindus and…..everybody.

What would it be like if we all kept silence together?

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