Morocco is getting closer, I can already smell kamoun and mint and colours and the cool morning air. Camilla and I have worked together today, planning our upcoming trip to Aourir, where we invite people to spend a week with us — cooking, coaching, sharing, exploring, transforming, tasting, laughing, learning… and the magic feeling of getting up together, in silence.
Together in silence. One of the most beautiful sentences — and experiences — I know of.
My last travel was to Istanbul, my old and beautiful lady. I absolutely loved the silence behind all the noise, through all the noise. Like with so many other things, meditation often seems to be an effort of moving towards something better and different, something we do as a great contrast to our normal lives. I do love to find myself in the absence of outer impressions, to sit in peace, to explore myself and life in different, and more peaceful contexts. But whether I’m in Istanbul or spending time at home with my two kids, I increasingly find joy and meaning in a different kind of silence.
Last week I wrote about searching, the ongoing search that most of us more or less take part in. Isn’t the noise of Istanbul a silent whisper compared to an average day of brain chatter? Realizing that it’s possible to stop the search, at least for a second, opens up a whole and almost forgotten world of silence.
The silence I’m talking about isn’t new or overwhelming or without outer impressions. It seems like it was always there and it feels like it will never go away. As a great contrast to the searching mind, where nothing or nobody is ever good enough, this silence encompasses all the sounds and movements and cars and cultures and children there is. It even has room for a searching mind!
Together in silence. Strangely enough, looking at myself gives me a feeling of being together in silence. And for all I know, it may not be so strange at all. It may just be natural.
PS: There are still a few places left for our Soulfood & Food for the Soul trip to Morocco in November! For more details and booking, you can look at the Facebook event or Camilla’s website.
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