Episode 6

Silence and the Contemplative Edge

What does silence have to do with living and working at the contemplative edge? This episode brings together a number of explorations and themes from season 1 on silence, and looks in particular at the connection to contemplation and creation. 

Let me know how your relationship with silence is shifting by tagging me on twitter @rashmir, #contemplativeedge

Timestamps to key points

[00:56] - A brief recap of this season on silence

[02:53] - Recommended resources for further reading and reflection

[03:22] - Life happens in the silences - a poem by Andō

[03:58] - Listener feedback

[04:44] - Slowing down is a key to inner silence

[06:36] - Mindfulness as a key practice

[06:57] - Definition of the Contemplative Edge

[07:57] - Slowing, silence, stillness and spaciousness and contemplative practice

[09:18] - Gordon Hempton silence quote

[10:35] - The creative relationship to silence and the impulse to create

[11:34] - What if silence is the ultimate stimulus?

[11:44] - Silence is key to creative and contemplative practice, and it is also an outcome

[11:55] - Nature, wonder and awe and their relationship to inner silence, mystery and not knowing

[12:42] - The deeper vein of silence and it’s relationship to sensing what is alive and what is emergent

[13:16] - Richard Rohr on silence as a living primordial presence

[14:12] - Silence is essential to living and working at the contemplative edge

[14:17] - Silence is a sort of wholeness, a sort of knowing, and perhaps also a deeper plane of love

Resources/further reading

Silence - The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise by Thich That Hanh, available wherever books are sold and lent

Andō: Experience a world of silence, sound, and words, https://ando.life/ 

Richard Rohr on SIlence, the Great Teacher: https://cac.org/silence-the-great-teacher-2020-01-07/ 

About the Podcast

Show artwork for The Contemplative Edge
The Contemplative Edge
Short reflections on the deeper questions of life helping you slow down, go within, reflect and contemplate, so that you can create change from the inside out

About your host

Profile picture for Rashmir Balasubramaniam

Rashmir Balasubramaniam

I am an Executive Coach and Strategic Advisor to current and emerging leaders of social innovation and systems change. I've been (re)learning to live at the contemplative edge for the last 10+ years because it's key to living and working in joyful, creative flow.