Episode 44 – Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn: The Power of Silence in The Midst of Disruption
What if the most serious personal and global challenges won’t be solved with more thinking or talking? What if human beings have access to deeper forms of intelligence that we have access to only in silence? Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz are the co-authors of the book Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise. Justin Zorn has served as both a meditation teacher and a senior policymaker in the US Congress. He is a Harvard-and-Oxford trained specialist in the economics and psychology of wellbeing. Leigh Marz is a leadership and collaboration consultant with organizations including Harvard, Google, and IKEA. She has led a multi-year program teaching experimental mindsets to teams at NASA.
In this podcast we explore what we mean by silence, a form of pristine attention. Silence isn’t just the absence of noise. It’s a presence that brings us energy, clarity, and deeper connection. We explore why this is needed for us precisely as a solution to navigate disruption. In silence we have access to the knowing and deep intelligence that is already available to us, but is overshadowed by the noise of distractions, inner chatter, and disconnection. The authors invite us to remember our own experiences of silence and the clarity that came from it. They also share stories of individuals and teams that have used silence to find novel solutions. We also discuss practical ways to bring more silence to your work and life.
If this interests you I invite you to reach out as we are creating a community of people who want to learn how to access presence and deeper silence to bring novel solutions to work and life.
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