The art of silence: A virtual museum to inspire stillness

Silence exercise for the week: Go to a museum

When was the last time you went to a museum? There is so much inspiration for silence there!

I just went to a museum today: Not the Guggenheim–the Google museum.  In an effort to find non-verbal inspiration for stillness, I went to Google Images and here is what I found.

Which of these paintings inspires the stillness in you?

Are you inspired by nature?

Leonid-Afremov-Winter-Silence

Leonid-Afremov-Winter-Silence

Or..

Joseph Mallord William Turner:  Norham Castle: Sunrise

Joseph Mallord William Turner: Norham Castle: Sunrise

Are you inspired by order?

Laszio Thorsen Nagel: Plaid Strokes

Laszio Thorsen Nagel: Plaid Strokes

Or randomness?

Joan Miro: Woman and Bird in the Night

Joan Miro: Woman and Bird in the Night

Or minimalism?

Justin Page Wood: Taupe

Justin Page Wood: Taupe

How about the face of stillness?

Detail of an angel in Madonna of the Rocks, Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci: Detail of an angel in Madonna of the Rocks

Personally, I am inspired by images of empty rooms, light, and windows.

Lee Ufan: Silence Room

Lee Ufan: Silence Room

Looking Back: Ida Lorentzen

Ida Lorentzen: Looking Back

Figure at a Window: Salvadore Dali

Salvador Dali: Figure at a Window

Have I inspired you to visit a museum this week? If you roll up all the time you usually spend on Facebook in a typical week, you will likely have enough time to stop by a museum or gallery in your town or city. If you’re looking for some more quiet in your life, this is a good way to do it.

Don’t “think” while you’re there. Don’t seek out specific artists. Don’t look at the titles of the paintings. Seek out the ones that speak to your soul and sit with them for a few minutes. Soak them up. Art is a great cure for the noisies.

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