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Quiet Voices

February 10, 2013

Quiet
Quiet I bear within me
I bear within myself
Forces to make me strong
Now I will be imbued
With their glowing warmth
Now I will fill myself
With my own will’s resolve
And I will feel the quiet
Pouring through all my being
When by my steadfast striving
I become strong
To find within myself
The strength of inner calm.

Rudolf Steiner

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These past few months have been full and busy. But my soul has longed for quiet.

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Something about January and February  make me wish for hibernation. Or in my case housernation: the desire to bundle up and remain home puttering around.

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Last month I hit my head fairly hard.  Enough to warrant a visit for a CAT scan. But nothing that anyone who didn’t know could see or know without being told. (a fact I appreciated, but may not serve me well)

And yes the hard-head implications are not lost on me.

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Humor aside the injury gave me pause, in fact caused me to pause.

Not the panicky sort, I rather brush these types of things off, but when little inconsistencies kept occurring I stopped pretending it was nothing.

And maybe felt a little scared.

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A good friend who lives far away called.  She asked if I had slowed down to allow myself to heal.

Without needing an answer she began to remind me of everything I would tell someone I cared about, what I teach to parents and expect my loved ones to do.

She reminded me that I have read what Steiner indicated about the body, soul and spirit.

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And then she reminded me of my word for the year.

Attention.

Perhaps it was a message to treat myself a little more tenderly.

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We spoke of winter and how it is really the deepest time of work for the earth and for us.

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That no matter what anyone else says, or might tease me about, I am doing a lot. I am doing it well and that perhaps, just maybe I might allow myself the attention needed.

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To pay attention, to turn inside and listen for the quiet voice.

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