This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
inspiration


brings us into contact with what is be- yond us, its beauty and mystery. Hempton encourages us all to join in


EARTh MuSIC “S


SOUNDSCAPES OF AMERICA’S QUIET PLACES by Susie ruth


ilence is like scouring sand,” says Gordon Hempton, an award-winning acoustic ecolo-


gist. “When you are quiet, the silence blows against your mind and etches away everything soft and unimportant. What is left is what is real: pure awareness and the very hardest questions.” It’s not easy to find silence, which is facing extinction in the modern world. If a quiet place is one where you can listen for 15 minutes in daylight hours without hearing a human-created sound, there are no quiet places left in Europe. There are none east of the Mississippi River and per- haps 12 in the American West, including one square inch in the Hoh Rain Forest at Olympic National Park, now officially recognized as the quietest place in the


United States (OneSquareInch.org). In defending this exemplary spot of silence, Hempton is effectively protecting the soundscape of about 1,000 square miles of surrounding land.


Hempton defines silence not as noiseless- ness, but “the complete absence of all au- dible mechanical vibrations, leaving only the sounds of nature at her most natural. Silence is the presence of everything, undisturbed.”


Silence, he would concur, is not the absence of sound, but a way of living—an intention to make of one’s own ears, one’s own body, a sounding board that resonates with the vibrations of the world. Silence creates an opening, an absence of self, which allows the larger world to enter into our awareness. It


the self-discovery of nature. He’s found, “All we have to do is listen.” Sounds, more than sight, connect us, he observes. In learning to listen to nature’s nuances, we also learn how to listen to one anoth- er. His favorite time of day for listening to nature is 30 minutes before sunrise. When the atmosphere is still, “It is not unusual to hear many square miles at once.” Astonishment and gratitude illumi- nate our being when light breezes play across leaves and set them in motion, chirruping night insects wind down and the birds’ dawn chorus begins. When our moving a stone in a creek bed alters the water music, it is we who are moved. No one knows why natural sounds speak so directly to the human spirit, but we all acknowledge, in silent thanksgiving, that they do.


Gordon Hempton, of Port Angeles, WA, is an acoustic ecologist whose award- winning recordings of America’s vanish- ing natural soundscapes support his campaign to protect the silence of our national parks (SoundTracker.com). Over the past 25 years, he has circled the globe three times in pursuit of environmental sound portraits. Read One Square Inch of Silence: One Man’s Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World and voice support at OneSquareInch. org/links.


Take Your Life to a Higher Level


We each have within us the potential for an amazing life. Sometimes we just need encouragement; a new perspective; someone to help us get out of our own way.


Kimarie Machinga has a PhD from a university, and a PhD in living her own amazing life. Her approach to coaching, counseling and teaching her clients can be summed up as “true expertise combined with practical wisdom”. She can help you find your way to the truth and love that can change everything.


• Discover your life purpose • Create fulfilling relationships • Improve your health


• Manage your weight


• Restore financial stability • Increase your energy • Make the most of your time • Connect with your truth • Benefits of forgiveness work • Manifest your desires


Pure Energy


The Art of Healing Kimarie Machinga, PhD


Call today to speak directly with Kimarie. You will find a friend who genuinely cares. Private sessions available in person or by phone. Convenient Triangle location.


732-492-5512 • kmach12@aol.comwww.preventativemedsolutions.com Join me on a journey of living on purpose!


62 NA Triangle www.natriangle.com


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66
Produced with Yudu - www.yudu.com