"Silence in the age of noise" by Erling Kagge book recommendation
“Silence is about rediscovering, through pausing, the things that bring us joy.” Erling Kagge
Behind the cacophony of the continual noise that surrounds us and our thoughts, an elusive notion - silence - lies in wait. But what really is silence? Where can it be found? And why is it more important now than ever?
In 1993, Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge spent fifty days walking solo across Antarctica, becoming the first person to reach the South Pole alone, accompanied only by a radio whose batteries he had removed before setting out. In this book. Kagge explores the silence around us, the silence within us, and the silence we must create. By recounting his own experiences and discussing the observations of poets, artists, and explorers, Kagge shows us why silence is essential to sanity and happiness—and how it can open doors to wonder and gratitude. He explores the power of silence and the importance of shutting out the world to find our inner silence.
Regardless of where you are and what you are doing, you can experience perfect stillness if you know where to look and from it grows self-knowledge, gratitude, wonder and much more.
“I believe it's possible for everyone to discover this silence within themselves. It is there all the time, even when we are surrounded by constant noise. Deep down in the ocean, below the waves and ripples, you can find your internal silence. Standing in the shower, letting the water wash over your head, sitting in front of a crackling fire, swimming across a forest lake or taking a walk over a field: all these can be experiences of perfect stillness too. I love that.”