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recovering from the futility of words

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A huddle of six meditators will board the M.V. “Coho” this morning. Our journey will take us from Victoria’s inner harbour to Port Angeles, WA; from there a four-hour shared ride to my training monastery in Oregon. By nightfall we’ll enter Noble Silence for a weekend “Beginner’s Mind” retreat. C.G. Jung writes:

Silence is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torment for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words.

text: Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychotherapist. In: Salwak, D. (1995) (ed.). The wonders of solitude. Novato, CA: New World Library, p. 86. image: “The spiritual pilgrim discovering another world”, from a 17th? century woodcut, artist unknown, colored by artist Roberta Weir in the 1970s.

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