Thursday, August 2, 2012

One Square Inch Of Silence Review

Hoh Rain Forest


I'm Currently in the middle of reading One Square Inch Of Silence by Gordon Hempton and John Grossmann.  This book follows Gordon on his journey cross country in search of the quietest places. Our quiet places are rapidly being taken over by man made intrusions.  Gordon feels pretty lucky if he can get 15 minutes of uninterrupted recording time.  

Imagine traveling to Yosemite or The Grand Canyon to enjoy the relaxing sound of quiet and the beautiful sights of nature.  Only to be reminded every few minutes that there are jet planes and sight seeing tours flying over you.  That there is a highway not too far away.  Imagine the impact this has on the animals who live there and their communication.  If they can't hear each other's mating calls, or are too bothered by the noise to build homes, what happens to their populations.

This book and it's messages came to me at a time when I really needed them.  I had been living in a chaotic world filled with noise since I was a child. Growing up in a home where the only form of communication seemed to be yelling, not to mention my brothers' constantly blasting stereos.  Then I worked in a retail store filled with music, animatronic characters and large crowds.  I would come home with my head spinning. 

When I had my first baby she never seemed to stop screaming.  Then there were the temper tantrums.  Now I have two kids, who talk, laugh, play and fight loudly, especially when they have friends over.  And, how can I forget the two dogs, love them but not the barking so much.  This was a real shocker because when we just had the one older dog, she never barked.  But now that we have the new pup who barks at everything, the other one has decided to join in.

I began to realize I felt much like a rat in a scientific noise experiment.  You  know, one that has been exposed to loud noises for a period of time and ends up skinny, shaking and cowering in a corner. 

This is a beautiful story of overcoming and healing.  Gordon lost his hearing for a while, this was devastating to him of course.  Possibly making him more passionate and grateful for his gift of being the sound tracker though.  He writes of his struggle with his teenage daughter who used to love going into nature with him.  Now does not want to accompany him on the journey as she promised.  How many of us can relate to that right?  Kids used to love doing everything with us, become teenagers and want to go their own way. 

Gordon runs into more than one person who while seeking healing has found the quiet of nature to be the most beneficial thing of all.  I love his descriptions of these out of the way places, like a town that has a total population of three.  When he travels far off the beaten path into the desert I feel as if I can smell the sage brush, hear the gentle breeze and see the moon and stars for myself. 

I just can't say enough good things about this book, I absolutely LOVE it! The quiet healing sounds of nature are just another important natural resource.  If we don't take action to save them now, they will be gone.  We must consider this as important as having clean air to breathe or clean water to drink.  This is the stuff that feeds and nourishes our souls.

If you haven't experienced the peace of nature in a while, you may have forgotten just how good it feels.  Or just how much it aids in the quieting of your mind, body and spirit.

If you are in need of a little peaceful sound therapy I highly suggest checking out Gordon's recordings on itunes.  I have a little ipod shuffle loaded up with some. My favorite is Summer Night, I fall asleep to this one.  If you are a Twilight fan it's a great way to listen to the sounds of the Pacific Northwest and imagine your favorite characters running around out there.  There are recordings of other places as well, Gordon has traveled every where.

I love reading this book while winding down before bed.  As much as I want to finish it and know how it ends, I am savoring every page for the peace it brings me. I got my copy from the library, but this is one book I will be buying so I can read it again and again.

 One day I will meet Gordon, I feel that we will have much to talk about.  Or maybe as we sit in the peace of his One Square Inch Of Silence in the Hoh Rainforest, we won't need any words at all.


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1 comment:

  1. Aww the sweet sound of quiet, I too feel like there is none of that in my life right now.. Thanks for the book idea and the "sounds"

    This would be a great addition to my Cozy book hop, if you get the chance



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