Posted in Live, Love

Learning Silence

Learn to be silent.

Let your

quiet mind

listen and absorb.


Welcome to the first day of August! While the sun still shines as brightly as it did through all of June and most of July, I am looking back with wonder at how very ‘quiet’ and ‘silent’ last month was. It was a very mindful (rather than mind-full) time for me as I relished the many opportunities to ‘listen’ and ‘absorb.’

Although I worked through a hefty list of things to do, I had the luxury of doing them pretty much at my own pace and without a lot of juggling. I retreated from the daily press of life as I typically experience it and focused on creating a new foundation for the next chapter of life. Even those appointments and events that had to be ‘scheduled,’ were done smoothly and easily with the widest of margins. Summer was here and I’m so fortunate to say the living has been easy. 

As I sit here looking at the now mostly furnished space that will serve as my new private counselling practice when I officially open this month (what was just an empty shell of pristine potential three weeks ago), I am treasuring the silence as my quiet mind listens and absorbs. Doubling as my before- and after-hours reflective writing and reading space, I am awed and inspired by this purpose-filled place and this life of great privilege that I have been so blessed with. 

I am here, sipping coffee, writing in my journal, joyfully aware of the limitless treasure to be found in the eleven words ‘mapped out’ by Pythagoras above. I feel a bit like a pirate when I say, “X marks the spot.” Or, more correctly, with the full power and “how of now,” X marks this spot. To be fully present in this particular time and place as well as all the other dimensions of experience is lovely in every way. 

With luv n’ laffs,




Kalen Marquis is the therapist, educator and human bean who founded Kwil.Club with frizzy-fuzzy, green-nosed Kwil. He is a registered clinical counsellor in private practice in New Westminster, BC. He has more than two decades of experience as a teacher, teacher-librarian and school counsellor.