Is Silence Really an Endangered Species? It Might Be Up to You to Save it!


Often, at the Well Being Center, we speak of the value and power of vibration and sound and how it affects your life.

Our spines and nerve system move energy in subtle waves of muscle, bone, and breath and store energy as tension and tone. Science is even now discovering that we conduct information and impulses across our bodies, along our nerves, through acoustic waves known as solitons (check out a great article on this on the WBC Facebook page). We also intimately understand the power of taking a moment to become present with places in your body, through SRI, and finding sounds to match and express those places within yourself.

To say “the world is sound,” then, seems like a natural fit.

Silence as a Natural Space Maker

In the busy hum of our every day it is hard to deny the volume of our lives: the soft whine of an air conditioner, the hum of planes, trains and automobiles, the click of computer keys, or even the soft ‘ding’ of a new text message. I imagine we would all be hard pressed to find a moment of quiet, rest, relaxation or repose. And silence? Almost out of the question.

Sound ecologist and activist Gordon Hempton (check him out here) has been oft-quoted as saying “silence is an endangered species.”

If you stop for a moment, and listen, I imagine you can’t help but agree. Silence, like pain, is a natural space-maker. Quiet creates the pause often necessary to discover and integrate the information of our lives, to create a hiatus from our very human tendency to do do do.

Hempton calls silence a “think tank for the soul,” and relates that, unless practiced regularly, sitting in silence can become:

a big challenge for adults… because we are so busy being some place else that when we are in a silent place there are no distractions, we finally do get to meet ourselves, and that can be frightening for a short while, its practically fear of the unknown.

When was the last time you allowed yourself to be swept up in silence? Comforted by quiet? Surrounded by natural sounds, in a place devoid of human noise?

The Art of Listening

Julian Treasure (watch his TED talk here), an expert on the art of listening, is a firm believer in the ‘three minutes per day’ trick: sit, in silence, for three minutes.  It will reset your ears and recalibrate your ability to listen, to yourself, to your beloveds, and to the world around you.

Listening, like pain and silence, creates space.

Through that space can flow all the wisdom of intuition, connection, transformation, and awakening. As Julian so eloquently states: “I believe that every human being needs to listen consciously in order to live fully, connected in space and time to the world around us.”

I invite you to live fully, connected to your world, this world of sound.

Interested in learning more about the fascinating dynamics of how sound influences your mind, body and consciousness?  Here’s another blog post by Dr. John that dives much deeper into this topic.


Dr. Nicole



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Santa Cruz Chiropractor Dr. John Amaral has helped thousands of people from over 50 countries transform and awaken to more meaningful and purposeful lives. Follow him on twitter at @johnamaral