to still the yammering brain/ kathleen jamie

‘This is what I want to learn: to notice, but not to analyze. To still the part of the brain that's yammering, My god, what's that? A stork, a crane, an ibis? — don't be silly, it's just a weird heron. Sometimes we have to hush the frantic inner voice that says Don't be stupid, and learn again to look, to listen. You can do the organising and redrafting, the diagnosing and the idenitying later, but right now, just be open to it, see how it's tilting nervously into the wind, try to see the colour, the unchancy shape — hold it in your head, bring it home intact.’ p42

Kathleen Jamie, Findings.

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