The function of silence

The chief function of monastic silence is then to preserve that memoria Dei which is much more than just ‘memory’. It is a total consciousness and awareness of God which is impossible without silence, recollection, solitude and a certain withdrawal. ~ Thomas Merton

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On Saturday, April 7, 2018, I will be Investigating the Power of Silence with attendees at the annual Free Day of NLP, held at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

To RSVP, click here, which will help with planning food, parking, and rooms.

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.

Public offerings, spring 2018

I have two public offerings to announce.

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Source: Revilo (Oliver Christianson).

I will be presenting at Austin’s annual Free Day of NLP on April 7 at St. Edward’s University. The event is 9 am-6 pm, and my presentation will be at 1 pm. The Austin Neuro-Linguistic Programming meetup has details.

Needless to say, it’s free!

My topic is Investigating the Power of Silence. It’s a deeper investigation into teaching stillness one minute at a time earlier this year and draws on discoveries during meditation. I anticipate this presentation allowing the audience and myself to experience silence multiple times and to share what we experience.  Continue reading “Public offerings, spring 2018”