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Are you listening? Tuning out the distractions!
No, this is not about listening to people and understanding what they are saying, although it could be. What I am talking about is are you mindful of all the sounds around you?
As I was walking yesterday I realized several times how quiet it was, just the breath of a wind through the trees and there really was very little wind. The occasional sound of bird song or the flap of a wing beat.
When we are showing homes, people often look at room sizes, views and if the house is close to a major road or train line they mention if the home is quiet or noisy inside or out. We let those sounds drown out others.
But sound comes in several different levels. Listening to a radio program some time ago, it was talking about soundscapes and how they are changing. By recording the soundscapes scientists can discover the loss of certain birds from the area as their songs disappear from the soundscape. There are multiple different levels, sounds close to you, those further away and those further away still and then also at different pitches. We often don't stop, to just listen.
Maybe, if you sit quietly, and just listen depending on the ... more
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