“Life at a slower pace is good for the environment; the animals and all the species who struggle to compete with us humans. Life at a slower pace is peaceful, less driven by future goals, less frenetic and exhausting.It feels like the world can almost hear its own heartbeat, and we all listen because we don’t have to rush off to keep up with everything.

In silence we can become more appreciative of others; of the sights, the sounds, the birds, the clean air and all the things we can be grateful for. The standstill and lockdown enable us to listen to each other; to sing with one voice; to connect with others by connecting more with ourselves and with what really matters to us. If we want to connect, we need to listen, and not just make a lot of noise.”

~ Lama Zangmo, Kagyu Samye Dzong London