the place of stillness

“We are so distracted by and engulfed by the technologies we’ve created and by the constant barrage of so called information that comes our way, that more than ever to immerse yourself in an involving book seems socially useful… The place of stillness that you have to go to write, but also read seriously, is the point where you can actually make responsible decisions, where you can actually engage productively with an otherwise scary and unmanageable world…”

Jonathan Franzen

one of the strange laws of the contemplative life…

“One of the strange laws of the contemplative life, is that in it you do not sit down and solve problems: you bear with them until somehow they solve themselves. Or until life solves them for you”

Thomas Merton, via The Art of Stillness by Pico Lyer

I love using walking in natures as a method to contemplate problems – and it works.