Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise

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What if the most serious personal and global challenges won’t be solved with more thinking or talking?

The world is louder than ever. It’s not just the noise in our ears, but also the noise on our screens and in our heads. ‘Silence is golden,’ the adage goes. But how do we find it in times like these?

Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz take us on an unlikely journey exploring why silence is essential for physical health, mental clarity, professional fulfilment, nourishing relationships, ecological sustainability, and vibrant community. Drawing on lessons from neuroscience, philosophy, business, politics, activism, and the arts, Golden teaches us how to go beyond the ordinary rules and offers tools of mindfulness to help individuals, organisations and whole societies dial down the noise and reclaim pristine quiet.

Quietly profound and constantly surprising, Golden is a field guide to finding silence.

© Justin Talbot-Zorn & Leigh Marz 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • “Golden is a guide to getting out of the shallows and into the depths. It’s a synthesis of many disciplines to chart a path toward a deeper, livelier, more aware and more peaceful way of being in the world.”

    Rebecca Solnit, Bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Hope in the Dark, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, and Wanderlust
  • “Through the heartfelt stories of teachers like Jarvis Jay Masters, this book shows how to practice patience and compassion in times of fear and distraction. Golden explores why equanimity matters not just for our own resilience and joy, but also for the social and ecological sustainability of this world that we love.”

    Pema Chödrön Buddhist teacher and bestselling author of When Things Fall Apart and The Places That Scare You
  • “Marz and Zorn make a convincing link between humanity’s modern obsession with the pursuit of dopamine and our addiction to noise. Through extensive research and engaging storytelling, they point the way to more clarity, expansiveness, and calm.”

    Judson Brewer, M.D., Ph.D. New York Times Bestselling Author of Unwinding Anxiety and The Craving Mind
  • Golden makes a radical claim: Unplugging andsavoring silence is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and our world. ”

    Arianna Huffington Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
  • “Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz offer us a powerful vision and valuable roadmap for how to repair our society: find more silence.”

    U.S. Representative Tim Ryan Member of Congress from Ohio and author of A Mindful Nation

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