Quiet

by Starla J. King on February 6, 2015

“I need to be silent for a while, worlds are forming in my heart.” ~ Meister Eckhart

It’s quiet season in me, somewhere between winter and spring.

“There is no fix and no problem, no hurry and no wait.  You are sitting upside up in the echoless calm of a vast, clear ocean, no wind or waves, and you are breathing, breathing, breathing.” ~ Karen Maezen Miller

I’m breathing more than I’m fixing.

Listening more than talking.

Waiting more than writing.

Incubating. Integrating. Individualizing.

Moving forward at the speed of now.

And learning how to eat oranges.

“Grandpa showed me how to peel an orange. Hold the fruit in one hand and the pocketknife in the other. First, score a circle in the rind around the navel below and the step on top. Draw the blade down the sides in vertical strokes all around the whole, no deeper than the skin, an inch between each cut.  Be careful.  Go slowly. Do not harm the flesh.

Lift off the top and bottom pieces. Pull each section of the rind away from the fruit. It will come easily, and with it, the pith.  Wedge your thumb into the center and splay the fruit wide open. There will be ten or so segments — enough to share. Using the knife, lift each piece apart, balanced on the edge of the blade.  Offer the first taste to someone close by, then take one for yourself.” ~ Karen Maezen Miller, Paradise in Plain Sight

eating an orange

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swiebeking February 6, 2015 at 11:35 am

that’s it!

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Starla J. King February 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Svn,
YES!
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Robert February 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

Yes, Starla! moving at the speed of now in the quiet season!

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Starla J. King February 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Robert,
I hear the speed of now includes regular pauses for Amish blueberry fritters. I’ll take THAT season any day.

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