The author Tracy Chevalier writes in a recent Guardian article about the silence of a Quaker meeting for worship, which she describes as ”possibly the quietest place in today’s society outside of a meditation class”. She writes that this experience inspired her to write her latest novel, The Last Runaway, about the role of 19th century American Quakers in the “Underground Railroad”, the network of abolitionists who hid slaves in safe houses and helped them escape to Canada.
Tracy’s articles concludes “The best I can hope is that my imprecise attempt to describe silence will pique readers’ curiosity into seeking it out for themselves. It is worth quieting the mind for”. You can read the full article here.