Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

by Justin Zorn, Leigh Marz
Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

by Justin Zorn, Leigh Marz


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Silence isn’t just the absence of noise. It’s a presence that brings us energy, clarity, and deeper connection.

Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey—from the West Wing of the White House to San Quentin’s death row; from Ivy League brain research laboratories to underground psychedelic circles; from the temperate rainforests of Olympic National Park to the main stage at a heavy metal festival—to explore the meaning of silence and the art of finding it in any situation.

Golden reveals how to go beyond the ordinary rules and tools of mindfulness. It’s a field guide for navigating the noise of the modern world—not just the noise in our ears but also on our screens and in our heads. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, business, spirituality, politics, and the arts, Marz and Zorn explore why auditory, informational, and internal silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community.

With vital lessons for individuals, families, workplaces, and whole societies, Golden is an engaging and unexpected rethinking of the meaning of quiet. Marz and Zorn make the bold and convincing argument that we can repair our world by reclaiming the presence of silence in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063027602
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 656,316
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Justin Talbot Zorn has served as both a policymaker and a meditation teacher in the U.S. Congress. A Harvard- and Oxford-trained specialist in the economics and psychology of well-being, Justin has written for the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is cofounder of Astrea Strategies, a consultancy that bridges contemplation and action, helping leaders and teams envision and communicate solutions to complex challenges. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife and three children.

Leigh Marz is a collaboration consultant and leadership coach for major universities, corporations, and federal agencies as well as a longtime student of pioneering researchers and practitioners of the ritualized use of psychedelic medicines in the West. In her professional work, she has led diverse initiatives, including a training program to promote an experimental mindset among teams at NASA and a decade-long cross-sector collaboration to reduce toxic chemicals in products, in partnership with Green Science Policy Institute, Harvard University, IKEA, Google, and Kaiser Permanente. She is the cofounder of Astrea Strategies. Leigh lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and daughter.

Table of Contents

Part 1 A Shared Yearning

Chapter 1 An Invitation 3

Chapter 2 The Altar of Noise 13

Chapter 3 Silence Is Presence 32

Chapter 4 The Moral Dimensions of Silence 49

Part II The Science of Silence

Chapter 5 Florence Nightingale Would Be Pissed 71

Chapter 6 A Mute Button for the Mind 89

Part III The Spirit of Silence

Chapter 7 Why Silence Is Scary 113

Chapter 8 Lotuses and Lilies 130

Part IV Quiet Inside

Chapter 9 A Field Guide to Finding Silence 147

Chapter 10 The Healthy Successor to the Smoke Break 162

Chapter 11 Rapturous Silence 193

Part V Quiet Together

Chapter 12 Working Quiet 223

Chapter 13 Living Quiet 250

Part VI A Society that Honors Silence

Chapter 14 Ma Goes to Washington 275

Chapter 15 A Culture of Golden Silence 301

Thirty-Three Ways to Find Silence 315

Our Gratitude 329

Notes 337

Index 353

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