The Pursuit of Silence in A World of Noise

A day of silence can be a pilgrimage in itself. — Hafiz

Good News of the Day:
Writer George Prochnik says he’s had a passion for silence as long as he can remember. “I can’t sit in my house without hearing air conditioners. I worry about this layer of noise that’s placed on top of infrastructure noise.” In his new book, In Pursuit of Silence: Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise, Prochnik leaves the noisy confines of New York City and goes on a global quest to find those who still value silence. He examines the never-ending series of sounds that pervade his thoughts on a daily basis — the traffic helicopters, the leaky iPods, the neighbors who hold loud parties — and researches the scientific effects of noise on our bodies. This NPR article shares insights and an excerpt from his book.

Be The Change:
What is your own favorite refuge from the noisy world? This week try making some extra time for silence and stillness.

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