I learned a new word in Japanese: mokurai (黙雷), which is translated as "thunder silence."
Being a quiet person, I love this word, because I feel how active and charged silences can be. Sometimes there's too much to say, and sometimes the other person needs compassionate silence more than words, anyway.
"We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet."
—"Earth, Fire and Water" from The Celtic Twilight (1893), by William Butler Yeats
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