Episode 5

The paradox of silence and nature

In this episode, we explore the paradox of silence in nature. Nature is never still or silent, and yet it enables stillness and silence in us. Why is that?

Timestamps to key points

[01:08] - The nature of manmade sounds

[02:30] - The soundscapes of places

[05:18] - Nature's ability to create stillness and silence within us

[05:33] - Gordon Hempton's work on silence and jukebox quote

[06:30] - How is human noise affecting nature?

[09:00] - Recognition of the restorative power of nature

[09:25] - Sounds and silence in nature

[10:30] - Experience the silent scape of nature

[11:04] - Silence, stillness, spaciousness and oneness in nature

[12:20] - The restorative effects of sitting silently in nature

[14:00] - Thich Nhat Hahn silence quote

Resources/further reading

  • Gordon Hempton’s website: https://www.soundtracker.com/ 
  • How human noise affects ocean habitats (TEDx CERN talk by Kate Stafford): https://www.ted.com/talks/kate_stafford_how_human_noise_affects_ocean_habitats#t-546717

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The Contemplative Edge
Short reflections on the deeper questions of life helping you slow down, go within, reflect and contemplate, so that you can create change from the inside out

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Rashmir Balasubramaniam

I am an Executive Coach and Strategic Advisor to current and emerging leaders of social innovation and systems change. I've been (re)learning to live at the contemplative edge for the last 10+ years because it's key to living and working in joyful, creative flow.