The space beyond words is no words. Silence. We so need more of it in this loud, chattering world. In Chapter 1 of Pirkei Avot, Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel says he has found no greater quality among the sages than silence. But we are not very good at it.
Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing down the Bones and many other books, teaches writing as spiritual practice, through the Zen tradition. In this conversation recorded at a writing retreat in Santa Fe, Natalie reflects on her search to find silence in her own Jewish lineage and how everything is practice, watching the mind. Natalie has been a Zen practitioner, author and teacher for many years and lives in Santa Fe.
With blessings of silent space and breath