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Beside Restful Waters

by Greg Hermann

“What if you were a teacher but had no voice to speak your knowledge?

What if you had no language at all and yet there was something you needed to say?

Wouldn’t you dance to it?

Wouldn’t you act it out?

Wouldn’t your every movement tell the story?

In time you would become so eloquent that just to gaze upon you would reveal it all.”

Robin Wall Kimmerer: Braiding Sweetgrass

Those of you who know me must be chuckling knowing that I am rarely at a loss for words. Yet Dr. Kimmerer reminds me of the danger of words. She reminds me of the power of action over words.

Over the past few weeks, I have shared about the need for and power of stillness.

Is my stillness eloquent?

Does the movement of my wordless life tell a story?

Does my dance of life attract your gaze?

Let us continue to practice these wordless efforts.

We are eloquent, together, like a beautiful braid.


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