Befriending Silence

Hi Friends,

My friend Lyn Southworth shared a quote with me from artist Mark Rothko. Lyn is an amazing artist who explores emotional and societal issues through her work. Take a look at her art on her website. Here’s the Rothko quote:

A good painting whispers, a great one basks in silence.

This really spoke to me as my recent paintings have become more minimalist. I finished a piece this week that has been in process for months — many layers of paint and sanding. Click on the image below for more information and to see it in a browser.

Cassandra Tondro, "Transcendence," abstract painting

“Transcendence,” 30 x 15 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

These quiet, simple paintings resonate with me right now. There’s order and containment within them that I’m not finding in the outside world. They calm and soothe a stressed nervous system, and I appreciate their grounding quality.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in silence lately, and I’ve found that I enjoy it. I don’t seem to need the hustle and bustle of the outside world so much anymore, and I prefer quiet and calm.

Here’s what came to me in meditation this morning:

You don’t have to explain yourself.
Be quiet.
Let silence guide you.
Befriend silence.
Let silence be OK.

How do you honor silence? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,


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