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Quiet Voices

February 10, 2013

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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

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