Saturday, December 21, 2013

Contrast, silence, peace and hugging

 On a day when it has not stopped raining once from an unremittingly dark sky,  comes another contrast. Summer meadow drawn from an archive back in June.

Peace and silence. The difference is one of quality. Silence is relative. Peace is profound and enduring.  The biblical phrase " the peace which passeth all understanding"  possesses an innate tranquillity of its own. It transcends silence and rests in the mind untrammelled and unchallengeable.

Hugging is in fashion and I am glad of it.


Roderick Robinson said...

Silence can be imposed; peace not. I haven't thought this through but my impression is that peace is a way-station in an organic process; something to do with willing acceptance; perhaps our most desirable state; when our mind - simultaneously our burden and our delight - is usefully at rest. We are not often at peace and it is a phenomenon that is only slowly recognised; this slow recognition is however a glorious sensation in itself.

Tom said...

Hugs to you and Heidi.