Fast

Noise fast. News fast. Brain clearing. I need it all. It’s necessary to be informed, and to be informed in depth, but I need space inside my mind as well. I took Thanksgiving as a news fast. After spending time with a good friend, I went out walking in the remarkable rain that moistened the desert for two and half days.

I try to stay out of stores during this season as much as possible. My family doesn’t do a gift exchange, and I want to avoid catchy pop Christmas tunes that stick in my head. I heard a particularly “cute” one in the laundromat four days ago, and it still intrudes to grate on my mind now and then. I need a good dose of classical music to rinse my synapses.

As I listen to Beethoven’s seventh symphony, I realize how important silence is in music. The dramatic, suspenseful pauses as well as the tiny spaces in which the musicians take a breath and the fractions of seconds that are neither one note nor the next. Without silence, there’s no structure, no movement, no pattern, no melody.

I took a walk under the full moon tonight with no sounds but my steps.

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Amber Foxx

Author of Mae Martin psychic mystery series.

2 thoughts on “Fast”

    1. Thank you. I tried to comment on your blog today to say how much I appreciated your thoughts on the Iyengars and this quote: “When I practise, I am a philosopher. When I teach, I am a scientist. When I demonstrate, I am an artist.” Such a deep insight about yoga. But the comment button didn’t show up. So here I am commenting on your blog on mine.

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