how to engage the silence

the moon is always silent
though always moving
always changing
always reflecting energy
temporarily absorbing some
then releasing that again

when we wake up,
silence is there
be it just  a few seconds
sometimes however minutes
often less

now if you watch breakfast tv
or listen to talk radio
your silence will never remain
if you must watch tv or listen to the radio
then watch sweet children’s programs
or listen to non stop music

don’t read your e-mail
don’t read the news-site
don’t read a newspaper
don’t yet think about your schedule

all the above will engage your mind
with other people’s
thoughts, words and opinions
and remove the silence for the rest of the day

follow your habitual routine
keep morning conversations
to the point,
give hugs
be nice

I’m not talking of unusual circumstances
just an ordinary day
when the weather forecast
will not save your life

you can engage in the still avoided mind noise
any non-silent moment
during a busy day
or during a noisy weekend

when the silence is still there, when you leave for work
or go to school, or to wherever it is …

… then keep silent in the car, or in a train, or in the bus …

no talk radio,
try not to overhear conversations,
or your silence will be stolen

in traffic you will learn that fire is in the nature of driving
in the nature of yourself driving,
in the nature of the other driving.
we don’t make faces to fire, we don’t curse it,
we only acknowledge that it burns
and will try to avoid getting burnt;
do you ever show your middle finger to fire?

save yourself and be grateful for your life
and for the life of the other
smile understandably
everybody makes mistakes

at work don’t start a morning gossip with colleagues,
keep yourself to communicating professionally only
perhaps share lunch less than daily
and some days the silence will last longer

… there are many other ways to keep a silent mind
but exercise and patience is necessary,
without patience, there is no silence
without perseverance, you will only learn the basics
… and be quickly disappointed

it takes a long time to get a wild bird to eat out of your hand
it took a long time for the moon to get into a tidal lock
and show the same silent side of her face
to the earth and those living on it

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) november 2014 @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – x_IMG_8726

rainy morning silence …

driving a car,
a distance can become
… flow …..

on a train, a tram, a bus,
a distance can be silent

even when the train is late,
even during traffic jam,
even when very crowded,
silence can continue


thinking of being late,


thinking of going to be late,

both flow

it has nothing to do
with being, or not being, in time;
only that thought
of what could happen,
compared to what should be
breaks silence,
breaks the flow

would these words appear
if I didn’t want to describe
the rainy morning?

Picture by bvdb (whoisbert) november 2014 – @Wezembeek(B) – Samsung galaxy Core GT-i8260 – x_20141118_145427


I treat my thoughts
with the same kind
of attention
as when hearing
or listening to
a human voice

sense from within (thinking)
sense from without (hearing)
¿ same/similar brain circuitry ?

difficult not to overhear
an interesting conversation;
difficult not to be disturbed
by chattering people
even more difficult
to be disturbed
by my own
chattering mind

but when I talk to myself
when I think to myself
I give it all the attention

Picture by bvdb (whoisbert) september 2014 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – x_IMG_8060

a tickling scenery

tunnelling through the city woods
a scenery of yellow and green
and vertical twigs

then noticing thoughts …
a tapestry,
not much different:
a mosaic of
colourful interpretation
and vertical opinion
… backgrounding …

there remains
a tickling:
that do not find
a string to attach to

now I will never know
what I would have been thinking
if the strings would have been present

… and who cares …

Picture by bvdb (whoisbert) november 2014 – @Wezembeek(B) – Samsung galaxy Core GT-i8260 – x_20141118_144636


a lack of thoughts
brings drowsiness
the sun is long gone
and there are no people

subconscious sounds
subconscious images flash forward
they cannot be remembered
naps of a split second

danger zone
I could completely doze off
next spend much more time getting home

I did not plan to wake up in the middle of nowhere this evening
typing about these naps will keep me awake

Picture by bvdb (whoisbert) november 2013 – @M6 carriage(NMBS) – Samsung galaxy mini GT5570 – x_20131119_082346

last sunrise@hambos

waiting in the car,
for that morning train
on this lonely road

all the time in the world
an awesome scenery
a marvellous light show

a silent focus on
a sound
a flower
a sunrise

melts the world
of thoughts away

slowly un-focus
stay in that melted world
of the open heart
for minutes, perhaps hours
and still feel the effect when coming home

Picture by bvdb (whoisbert) november 2014 – @Hambos(B) railway station – Samsung galaxy Core GT-i8260 – x_20141114_073332

silent construction

only fifteen meters away,
track ten is being renovated.
beyond that: just another construction site

there are a lot of people on this platform
waiting for the train on track eight

there is the sound of a sledgehammer nearby,
arrivals and changes in the schedule announced,
speakers ‘well’ tuned to the ‘busy’ morning
a stationmaster operating a loud intercom

regardless … there is silence

the train arrives on track seven in stead of eight
a dry announcement, a small irritation, people moving
a woman is blocking the passage
and continues texting on her phone
does the silence also affect her?

clouds pass slowly by
am I the only one seeing them ..

the train glides into the station
2 locomotives, 10 double decker wagons
700 metric tons of steel, 5 meters high, 300 meters long
passengers at barely half a meter of the still speedy monster
then drumming to an estimated position
where doors might perhaps open

the train barely makes a sound,
but when the driver hits the breaks
the sledgehammer nearby drowns for a couple of seconds

mind is still empty
this stillness cannot be broken by sound

I enter the last wagon
a few slow thoughts appear
ready to be typed into the smart phone …

a few days later an editor
tries to get back into the stillness,
to make those whispy thoughts readable
entering them into this blog post.

Picture by bvdb (whoisbert) november 2014 – @Mechelen(B) railway station – Samsung galaxy Core GT-i8260 – x_20141107_163526 // x_20141113_081906