At the beginning of March 2020, just before the closures and disruptions, tension and uncertainty were rising among my friends and colleagues. People seemed to be on edge. They were agitated. On March 11, I went to sleep with a question in mind. “What can I do to help?”
The next morning, I awoke from a dream at that hour of the morning that’s not quite the night before and not quite yet time to wake up. “Ten minutes of silence every day is all it takes.” This was what was going through my mind. I tried to get back to sleep, but couldn’t. Instead, I woke up fully and started to question. If I did host ten minutes of reflection, when and how would it happen?
By 6:30 a.m I had drafted up a quick website and been inspired by the time of 2:50 pm. Without rhyme or reason, this was the time that came to mind so I went with it.
On March 12, around a dozen co-workers and friends joined the ten-minute silent reflection via webinar. We’ve been meeting ever since. Some days a few dozen people join and on other days many more. We have regular attendees from all over the world, and as of July 20 have been silent together for over 56,000 person/minutes. August first marks the 143rd consecutive day.
There are many observations to be made about this impromptu and ad hoc community. I plan to write about it more soon. Suffice it to say that it’s a welcomed punctuation and responsibility in an otherwise highly uncertain time.