mobile phone Nov 2012 013My daughter has been studying meditation at school. A whole class devoted to not doing things: not talking, not putting one’s hand up, not looking at the blackboard, not looking out the window, not catching each other’s eyes, not laughing, not dropping your ruler, not scrunching up pieces of paper, not smiling, not laughing (again), not commenting on each other’s hair, not scraping your chair, not looking confused, not laughing (again), not doing whatever 30 girls in a class usually get up to when they should be listening to their teacher and learning.

Just quiet music and a story designed to make you fall asleep.


I’ve been doing something similar with the blog. This week it seemed appropriate to be silent, to let things unfold, to allow others to reach conclusions (and take action?), to only communicate when absolutely necessary (and even then, only with the dog – or the Pope? Or Ravi?).

But now it’s red nose day and the dog and I feel that it’s not the time for silence.

Unless it’s sponsored of course?

About jasperbouverie

I am Jasper Bouverie. I have two blogs: which is about promoting sustainability in the village of Wye in Kent (and beyond); and which I will fill with short films dedicated to promoting social and environmental awareness and change. Find me on Twitter: funderfilms and finelinej
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1 Response to PLAYING POSSUM

  1. We practiced a similar thing at my school. It was a three day retreat. We didn’t learn anything academic for three days but being alone with our thoughts didn’t do us any harm either. It taught me that I can shut myself up but no one will ever shut me up!
    I too have been reflecting this week and took action. I contacted someone I didn’t know and who has different opinions to mine. It was very interesting, we both believe in democracy.That I consider is a result.
    The best conversations I have are with my dog – he listens!

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