The earth is a solar-powered jukebox

Silence is not the absence of something. Silence is the presence of everything. ~ Gordon Hempton

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The title of this post is a quote from Gordon Hempton, who has dedicated his life to silence. He’s an acoustic ecologist who has circled the planet multiple times recording rare sounds in nature. To him, real quiet is presence, and silence is not the absence of sound — it’s the absence of noise.

Like clean water and seeing the stars at night, Gordon says silence is not a luxury, it’s essential for well-being.

Enjoy his website here. It includes several soundscapes. (Listen with earbuds or a room speaker — laptop speakers don’t capture the full range.)

I’m purchasing some of his soundscapes to play during bodywork sessions. I have a sound machine that plays sounds of rain, a stream, ocean waves — but how much more awesome to play the sound of ocean surf recorded inside a hollow spruce log, the resonant wood violins are made from.

I can’t get enough of Gordon, and if you are a silence lover, a nature lover, sensitive to sound, you may want to know Gordon better.

I found all this during my research for my presentation Investigating the Power of Silence, to be given at Free Day of NLP on April 7 at St. Edward’s University in Austin. Go here to RSVP.

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