23 Apr '17, 3am

Can the #Deaf help us to listen better?

SINGAPORE: The world felt like it was closing in. After putting in the ear plugs, I could no longer hear the whirring of the air-conditioner, the clinking of tea cups or the movement of other people around me. I never really understood how loud silence was until then, as I sat in a café, sipping specially brewed tea. I had just learnt four basic sign language phrases but promptly got them mixed up. I sneaked a peek at my neighbour releasing his third deep exhale, following the tea ritual directions to a, erm, tee. He opened his eyes and caught me looking. He smiled. I tittered. The girl across the table giggled and we all found ourselves exchanging imperceptible knowing nods. But right there, in that quiet stillness, we communicated. Welcome to the Hush experience. A social enterprise whose main aim is to promote the practice of embracing mindfulness and communication thro...

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