December 15, 2013 ~ The Power of Quiet

Sunday, December 15, 2013 ~
The Power of Quiet – Discerning Stillness


Roger Cohen: Gandhi and Mandela

“Yet they came to a shared conviction that all suppressed people, whatever their differences of religion or ethnicity or caste, must stand together against their oppressors and, in Gandhi’s words, “cease to play the part of the ruled.” Only a changed mindset could change the structure of white, colonial power. They reached their convictions through deep inward journeys, undertaken in circumstances of humiliation or imprisonment, journeys that took them beyond instincts of violent reprisal, and ushered them to the inner stillness that is the very thing an agitated world finds most riveting. In both Gandhi and Mandela a light shines that is the fruit of inward-focused constancy of a kind that is a stranger to hyper-connected status anxiety. Through this they live.”

“…To spend 27 years at the prime of your life is a tragedy and I regret those years that I have wasted in prison. But there are very positive aspects, too because I had the opportunity to think about problems and to reflect on my mistakes.  I also had the opportunity of reading very widely, especially biographies, and I could see what men – sometimes from very humble beginnings – were able to lift themselves with their boot strings and become international figures and were useful to their society, in their own community, and to the world…” ~ Nelson Mandela

How Nelson Mandela Emerged From Prison a Better Man –

For 27 years of his life, anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela lived behind bars, convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow South Africa’s government. In this clip from an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show originally aired on September 27, 2000, the former South African president explains how instead of embracing hatred and bitterness, he used his time in prison to look inward and focus on changing himself.

The Mandela Tapes: Nelson Mandela on Winnie Mandela

Timeline: Mandela milestones

RSA Shorts – The Power of Quiet – YouTube

The Power of Silent Empathy to Break Down Barriers to Connection

“Since NVC is mostly about the spoken word, and practicing what to say to each other, I have not found silent empathy to be discussed or explored very often. But silent empathy is one of the many treasures that NVC has brought to my life.” ~ Rita Hertzog

Insights into Empathy – Newt Bailey

FYI ~ Discussion of silent empathy at 4 1/2 minute mark:

Groping for words, honoring silence (via Focusing)…

What is focusing? (Listening)

“The Whole of a Problem exists at a ‘murky edge’ of experiencing. This FELT SENSE is more than emotion, physical sensation, visualization, or energy awareness but it can also include these.”

Focusing is… the murky edge – The Focusing Institute

“This being human is a guest house…”

The Guest House by Rumi

Gendlin from the original book Focusing 
“When I use the word “body” I mean more than the physical machine. Not only do you physically live the circumstances around you  but also those  you only think of in your mind  Your physically felt body is in fact part of a gigantic system of here and other places, now and other times, you and other people.  In fact, the whole universe.  This sense of being bodily alive in a vast system is the body and it is felt from inside.”

Why Focusing Works with Gene Gendlin


Nelson Mandela: The 27 prison years

“It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.”  ~ Nelson Mandela

AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, July 14, 2000

How Prison Changed Nelson Mandela

The Prisoner | The Long Walk Of Nelson Mandela | FRONTLINE | PBS

The smuggled Shakespeare book that inspired Nelson Mandela

Act II, Scene 2: Julius Caesar’s words of wisdom inspired Mandela for years to come.

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