The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World

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National Geographic Books, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 269 pages
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By the author of Planetwalker, The Ragged Edge of Silence takes us to another level of appreciating, through silence, The beauty of the planet and our place in it. John Francis's real and compelling prose forms a tapestry of questions and answers woven from interviews, stories, personal experience, science, And The power of silence through history, including practice by Native American, Hindu, and Buddhist cultures. Through their time-honoured traditions and his own experience of communicating silently for 17 years, Francis's practical exercises lay the groundwork For The reader to build constructive silence into everyday life: To learn more about oneself, To set goals and accomplish dreams, To build strong relationships, and to appreciate and be a steward of the Earth. Specially designed exercises teach us to be at peace with noise and find silence in the midst, To build acceptance of the environment instead of feeling overwhelmed, To deal with conflict through silence, To discover the steps in using silence as a tool - and to apply it To The challenges in our own lives.With its amazing human interest element and first-person expertise, this book is energizing and universally instructive.
Francis reveals the planet in a new and inspiring way, combining history, adventure, and practical experience to teach us about ourselves and other cultures more deeply and to inspire us to be responsible not just for our own life but For The life of the planet.
  

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Review: The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World

User Review  - David - Goodreads

An interesting, compelling book. The author makes a strong case for silence, and it really made me think about listening, and if I was really listening to others, or just waiting to talk. The author ... Read full review

Review: The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World

User Review  - Daniel Riles - Goodreads

This one goes on that shelf of special books that stand above the rest. Francis' thoughts on silence and listening, his walking, and his story about them resonates deeply with me. I like the exercises in each chapter and hope to try them out over time. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
37
Fathers Visit 1974
51
The New Year
65
Signs Dreams and Visions
87
Mr Death
134
Study Silence
215
Sign Language
228
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

John Francis is founder and director of the non profit environmental education organization Planetwalk, and author of Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking, 17 Years of Silence (National Geographic Books, 2008). John has led environmental walks in many countries and consulted on environmental management and sustainable development. He travels the world speaking on pilgrimage and change. As a National Geographic Education Fellow, John is developing Planetlines, an environmental studies curriculum for grades K-12 and universities.

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