By Sara Maitland
The significantly acclaimed memoir of a look for silence that completed a shock luck a lot noisier than its subject...
After a loud upbringing as one in all six little ones, and maturity as a vocal feminist and mom, Sara Maitland started to crave silence. over the last 5 years, she has spent sessions of silence within the Sinai wasteland, the Australian bush, and the Isle of Skye. She interweaves those stories with the background of silence via fairy-tale and delusion, Western and japanese spiritual traditions, the Enlightenment and psychoanalysis, as much as the ambivalence in the direction of silence in modern society. Maitland has outfitted a hermitage on an remoted Scottish moor, and the booklet culminates powerfully together with her reviews of silence during this new domestic.
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Sure, I could see a small mountain topped by clouds. Then I looked above the clouds and saw a snow-capped peak. Holy shit! Was that where I’d be heading in less than a day? To say I felt intimidated would be a huge understatement. “There’s no way I can do it,” I thought. Still, the majesty of Kilimanjaro was sharply contrasted with bleak African reality when a kid was hit by a bus while I was traveling through a town called Arusha, on the way back from Tarangire. It was getting dark, and one moment I saw a flash of white as a little girl—she couldn’t have been older than five or six—darted across the street, and the next, the bus in front of us screeched to a halt.
Perhaps I would have thought about quitting if my friends and work colleagues hadn’t already known about the climb. But then, perhaps it was about me, about not giving up on myself. Despite other mountaineers’ recollections of spiritual awakenings and feeling closer to God, climbing is not always full of exalted thoughts. It can also be incredibly monotonous, and although I’ve experienced moments of feeling heroic—an ordinary guy doing something extraordinary, standing in a place between Heaven and Earth—there have been many more when I’ve been focusing on the drudgery and torment of the overall process.
The climb up Longs Peak was totally different. That experience immediately humbled me. The spirituality, the energy—being on the side of a mountain was just magical, and it still is. It increases your consciousness, and I remember thinking, “Man, this is so much fun, I don’t want to fall and die. ” Kilimanjaro, which I initially overheard the ROTC guys talking about climbing when we were back on campus, would take that feeling to a whole other level, but without a doubt Longs Peak was like seeing the light for the first time.