Brain drain.

July 20th, 2011

On a wall shelf in my kitchen are stacks of school papers yet to be sorted. The topmost layer contains summer reading lists, suggested summer math activities, and other hexes to ward off dreaded summer “brain drain.” But all of the dire warnings are wasted on me. I think brains need to drain. Sometimes you have to forget everything you think you already know.

The book launch wound down as the kids got out of school, and I have been relishing life lived without alarm clocks or deadlines, ignoring bedtimes, and not knowing when was the last day anybody had a bath. “Nowhere to go, nothing to get,” as my first meditation teacher used to say.

After months and months of writing about myself, followed by weeks and weeks of talking about myself, it has been delicious to lean into silence, to feel purged of words, to drain. I’ve become a reader again. I’ve become a listener. My head is as empty and bright as a new copper bowl. If you tapped it, I think it would ring.

Listen. Listen. This wonderful sound brings me back to my true self. – Thich Nhat Hanh

12 Responses to “Brain drain.”

  1. Cid says:

    Boredom in the summer is exquisite. Just what we all need every 10 months or so.

  2. Good for you. I think everyone needs the fallow time. (You are not the last believer.) I have your book ready to feed me on my fallow time. Cheers.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Enjoy the brain drain while it lasts because, as you know, the hustle and bustle of the school year will be back in force before we know it and you’ll be required to store all sorts of things for everyone else in your brain again.

    • KyranP says:

      Oh boy, isn’t that the truth? I can’t believe we’re on the downward slope already.

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  5. Lynn says:

    Just received a Kobo for my birthday and the first book I downloaded was Planting Dandelions. Just wanted to let you know that I am very much enjoying it.

  6. Karen says:

    YES. You lucky thing. I’m on the last day IsweartoGod of an edit and then, starting tomorrow, I’m taking three or four weeks of the beautiful nothingness and nowhereness of summer vacation. CANNOT WAIT. No schedules, no deadlines, no pressure, just being.

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  8. Anjali says:

    What a beautiful quote of Thich Nhat Hanh! Thank you.

  9. Mariellen says:

    Enjoy the floating…well done, and well earned. xo

  10. Kara says:

    I’m jealous. I want an empty copper bowl head too! Mine’s a re-cycled pickle jar crammed full of nuts, bolts, and numerous miscellaneous paraphernalia!

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