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Listening below the Noise: The Transformative Power of Silence

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When Anne D. LeClaire decided to turn an ordinary Monday into a day of silence, little did she realize she had begun an inner voyage that would transform her life.

In the seventeen years since, LeClaire has practiced total silence two days each month. By detaching herself from the bustle of her hectic lifestyle and learning to listen to her deepest self, she has found a center from which to live—one that tests, strengthens, and heals her. In practicing silence, she has ...

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Listening Below the Noise: A Meditation on the Practice of Silence

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Overview

When Anne D. LeClaire decided to turn an ordinary Monday into a day of silence, little did she realize she had begun an inner voyage that would transform her life.

In the seventeen years since, LeClaire has practiced total silence two days each month. By detaching herself from the bustle of her hectic lifestyle and learning to listen to her deepest self, she has found a center from which to live—one that tests, strengthens, and heals her. In practicing silence, she has discovered her own secret garden—a cloistered, sacred private place where true personal growth is possible.

In this eloquent book—part memoir, part philosophical inquiry, written with clarity and warm humor—LeClaire reflects on how silence can help us expand our awareness, ignite and nurture creativity, and achieve inner peace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061353369
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 497,149
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne D. LeClaire is a former reporter, radio news broadcaster, and op-ed columnist whose work has appeared in Redbook, the Boston Sunday Globe, and the New York Times, among other publications. She is the author of eight novels, and translations of her work have been published in twenty-four countries. She lives on Cape Cod.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Secret Garden xxi

Part 1 Entry

Chapter 1 Eiders

Hearing the Call 3

Chapter 2 Snow Day

Walking into the Solitary Self 23

Chapter 3 Compost

Confronting the Messy Space Within 39

Chapter 4 Beach Stones

Creating Necessary Boundaries 53

Part 2 Cultivatiom

Chapter 5 Bittersweet Vine

Pruning Invasive Species 65

Chapter 6 Dragonfly

Discovering the Shadow Sides of Silence 81

Chapter 7 Boneyard

Surrendering be Need to Be Right 93

Chapter 8 Bees

Choosing the Right Words 105

Chapter 9 Birdsong

Learning the Difference Between Listening and Waiting to Talk 117

Part 3 Fertilization

Chapter 10 Spiderweb

Nourishing the Creative Self 129

Chapter 11 Conch Shell

Using Silence as an Enhancement to Health 141

Chapter 12 Salt Marsh

Swimming into Deeper Waters 151

Part 4 Harvest

Chapter 13 Lone Oak

From Speechlessness to Solitude 169

Chapter 14 Archer's Bow

Moving Through Resistance 185

Chapter 15 Lily Pad

Considering Spirituality 195

Chapter 16 September Beach

Preserving the Garden 205

Part 5 Sowing

Chapter 17 Bridge

Crossing the Threshold to Silence 211

Acknowledgments 221

Bibliography and Recommended Readings 225

List of Plates 227

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Makes the practice accesable

    A great realistic treatment of an important journey

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    recommend

    very insightful as to her experience. I would recommend this book

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