April 25, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 1

Learning the value of silence

Can you hear yourself think? Can you manage more than bursts of confusion and anger? Can you feel your own humanity anymore?

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I’ll admit it — I’ve had trouble this week, too. After an explosion like the one in Boston, it is indeed hard to hear one’s own internal monologue, much less meditate on such horrific events. Polluting that sacred quiet of the mind is both the haunting boom of the bombs themselves and even worse, the noisy coda that we’ve become so accustomed to.

Sensory overload, of course, is the deafening effect of the Catastrophe Aftermath — one of the last unifying a...

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