This week, enjoy a sneak peek of Faith, Fern & Compass Pro in a special preseason episode exploring the spiritual practice of silence in an age of noise and fury. In Preseason Episode 2 – The Spaciousness of Quiet, we explore the “unwanted sounds of everything we want” and why contemplative silence plays such an important role in cultivating a spiritual relationship with the natural world in an age of technological progress and digital distraction.
But first! We share some news updates about Faith, Fern & Compass as we draw ever closer to the official start of Season One! The free edition of the podcast is now available on iTunes, so remember to subscribe! We also share two discount codes for listeners who want to check out the Pro Podcast, which launches on May 2nd:
DUNBAR150 – Use this code to get FF&C Pro for only $5/month if you’re one of our first one hundred and fifty members to sign up!
Folks who can figure out our mystery discount code can snag a subscription for only $4/month!
These codes won’t work just yet, but you’ll be able to register soon!
We open our discussion of contemplative silence as a spiritual practice by exploring the complex problem of noise and the ways it affects us both psychologically, and physically. Drawing from Garret Keizer’s book, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, we delve into the ghostly “spiritualized” noise of modern machinery and what it says about our disconnection from our own bodies as sacred. Jeff also shares his linguistic insights into the etymologies of words like noise and quiet, and tells us in elaborate detail why some of them are actually kind of boring.
Next, we indulge in a bit of Eastern religion with excerpts from the Dao de Jing and bring it all the way back to the modern day with reflections from Leo Babauta and Anthony Strano on seeking spiritual quiet whether you’re a monk on retreat among the old valleys of Italy, or a dad of six kids just trying to make it to the next nap time. And Heather from the blog, Say the Trees Have Ears, shares a sweet story of small surprises and how sometimes we don’t always find what we expect.
Finally, Ali gets heavy with some heady philosophy and Adam Robbert celebrates the irreducible nature of depth (or was that the depths of nature?) in his essay on an Ecology of Mind. We give a shout-out to our friend Carl McColman, and tackle some of the new challenges that arise when we take silence seriously as a spiritual practice, including the problem of social justice that Carl explores in his recent column, “The Privilege of Silence.”
And just in case you’re not yet sated on the irony of dedicating an entire podcast episode to a discussion of silence, we close with a few moments of quiet — but wait! Did you hear something? Just the wind…
Join us next week for another episode of Faith, Fern & Compass!
- Faith, Fern & Compass on iTunes!
- The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise, by Garret Keizer
- Excerpts from the Dao de Jing
- “Creating Silence from Chaos,” by Leo Babauta
- “The Call of Silence,” by Anthony Strano
- “Being Alert to the Small Details,” by Heather
- “Ecology of Mind: The Depths of the Aesthetic,” by Adam Robbert
- “The Privilege of Silence,” by Carl McColman
- Original photography by Alison Leigh Lilly
- Thanks to DevonTT and ~ Essence of a Dream ~ for the background textures!
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