Desiree Foerster

I couldn’t stop thinking of Proust for some reason.

“Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.”

Will Daddario

White space framing curls

Chirping birds and summer sky

Power of stillness

Anonymous

shared blinking breath
ebb and flow of shoulders
and our throats
swallow
did she practice, I wonder, her face
how long have we been (lifetimes)
practicing our (lifelines) faces
do the shores of her mouth tilt up
–always?–
or was she
smiling

– Wiam El Tamami

–The calming presence of a person holding space for me to sit still and be
–The sound of a ticking clock, at first impatient then settled into patient waiting
–I was surprised at how quickly 10 minutes flew by!
–Silence of stillness
–My puppy cuddling next to me, stealing idleness for herself as well

– Nicole Furlonge

calming
comfortable
settling in
deep breaths
video glitches
time
in and out
settling back in
breathe
fully relaxing
fully present

Jessica Gaynor

A collapse of time and space
Performing presence
Loving presence
What remains present in absence?
What remains absent in presence?
startled by your sudden departure
reminded of the impermanence of all things

Christine Jackson

The thing that resonated for me was the absence felt when you were suddenly not there, and I was left looking at myself again. That’s when I felt a sense of loss for your presence, and better understood what it had meant to me while you were there. The experience made me think about loss, and loneliness, and about trying to appreciate the present more. It was a very tangible way to reflect on that.

Kaitlin Clipsham

Francisca Morand

To idle in stillness and silence sounds like an invitation to a situation both predictable and pleasant.
And yet!
It was unexpected … and pleasant.
Captivating and calming.
At one point I sneezed.
And before I knew it you were gone. I checked the time because I thought there was no way 10 minutes had passed, but indeed, we had idled for precisely 10 minutes.

Jessy Tuddenham