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Recently in our yoga class we were asked to just sit and listen for a few minutes. Yoga listening, as in just be open to the sounds. Let them come in your ears, and be aware of them, but do not label, judge, go off thinking about them. I've meditated before, but it suddenly occurred to me that this must be the way traditional peoples listen. Modern hunters or even naturalists go into the woods to hear "something" . . . a particular animal moving, a bird call . . . Suddenly I imagined that people who are more in tune with their environment go out and listen. They are just open to it all as that's the only way you won't miss something. If you are trying to tune in on something, you're not aware of all the rest around you.
And this morning, you said it, Gordon Hempton. Awareness of the sounds and awareness of what we don't experience is important.