We humans are a noisy bunch. With our machines,... - Deepstash

We humans are a noisy bunch. With our machines, trucks, sirens, horns, beeps, loudspeakers, airplanes, and lawnmowers, we have surrounded ourselves with the deafening sounds of progress. To be in a city is to cordon nature on the outside. The timid tweets and cooing of birds, rain hitting the pavement, and the occasional thunder are a few of the only sounds we hear from within our homes, if we bother to turn off the TV or computer or smartphones to pause to listen. 

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Spring 2020 marked the largest drop in global seismic noise in recorded history. It took a pandemic to shut us up for a while.

Listening to silence is not the absence of noise; it is the willingness to listen to ever-present non-human noise. By listening, we begin to see the world anew.

A new book by nature photographer and explorer Pete McBride invites us to celebrate the art of listening to nature and to reconnect with our ancestral need of being in the world.

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Seeking silence
As our internal and external environments become louder and louder, more people are beginning to seek out silence, whether through a practice of sitting quietly for 10 minutes every morning or heading off to a 10-day silent retreat.

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Noise Pollution

Many studies link noise pollution to:

  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep loss
  • Heart disease

Just as noise pollution is bad for you, silence can actually benefit your brain.

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Music for better productivity and focus
  • Classical music: Songs with no lyrics are often considered the finest form of the craft, always a popular choice.
  • Electronic music is repetitive, but in a good way.
  • Video-game music: Game composers know that the ideal music enhances the experience while not distracting the player.
  • Anything soft enough to not divert attention and focus is a possibility for your potential playlist ;
  • White noise or nature sounds.

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