Balancing between

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.

Just listen.

Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…




Perhaps the most important thing we can bring to another person is the silence in us.

The sort of silence that is a place of refuge and of rest.

We are all hungry for this kind of silence. It is hard to find.

In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment,

a strength on which to build a life.“ *


may mean

Listen to the silence…



*(both fragments from  R.N. Remen)

trip, distance


The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

(H. Boye)


The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.

(M. de Vichy-Chamrond)


mountains, meaning



In the beginning mountains are mountains, rivers are rivers.

In the middle mountains are not mountains, rivers are not rivers.

In the end mountains are again mountains, rivers are again rivers.

(Old zen wisdom)


The search for meaning is the search for the lost chord.

(P.J. Curtis)


something, practice


Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something,

loves something and has lost something.

(H. J. Brown Jr.)


There is one word which may serve as a rule

of practice for all one’s life – reciprocity.



power, hug


Anybody can become angry – that is easy,

but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree

and at the right time and for the right purpose,

and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power.



Never wait until tomorrow to hug someone you could hug today,

because when you give one, you get one right back your way.

(Author unknown)


perception of silence


„You tell me that silence

is nearer to peace than poems

but if for my gift

I brought you silence

(for I know silence)

you would say

This is not silence

this is another poem

and you would hand it back to me“

(L. Cohen   –   „Gift“)


paroles, bruit


En présence d’un être,

on dirait que ce ne sont pas tellement les paroles qui comptent,

mais leur musique.

(G. Archambault)


Les plus grands événements ce ne sont pas nos heures les plus bruyantes,

mais nos heures les plus silencieuses.

(F.W. Nietzsche)


saying, speak


I tell you everything that is really nothing,

and nothing of what is everything,

do not be fooled by what I am saying.

Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying.

(Ch.C. Finn)


It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.

(K. Popper)