335 | Shallow Rivers are Noisy, Deep Lakes are Silent

Derek Sivers recently reminded me of an old proverb. It says “shallow rivers are noisy. Deep lakes are silent.”

What does that say to you?

How does it speak to your own life and experiences of the world?

In this week’s podcast we are diving right into it. We’ll have a swim around and see what it can tell us about gentle rebellion and the hyper-sensitivity of an otherwise insensitive world.

In the Episode I Talk About:

  • What this proverb tells us about different types of people (and how noisy rivers make the world around them noisy)
  • How our physical environment can be a source of shallow, highly-charged, anxious inner tension…and on the flip-side, how it can be a place of slowness, reverence, and rest
  • The impact of noise in the online space, and how it breeds distrust and frustration when it could build trust and connection
  • Why we seem to be attracted to the noisy empty vessels in the world around us
  • How we can begin reframing the concept of sensitivity – moving from height to depth
  • Why we need a clearer distinction between sensory processing sensitivity and the term “high” or “hyper” sensitivity
  • The difference between alertness and awareness (and why it matters)
  • Why we need to let go of the idea that we should “just do something” when facing some kind of crisis
  • How we can use our innate sensitivity to nurture the deep lakes in and around our lives

Over to You

What does this proverb say to you? Where are the shallow rivers and deep lakes in your life right now? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below, or via email.

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