Listening is a great way to tap into a little mindfulness. We are constantly hearing. Even when we are asleep our ears still hear, but our brains just don’t process the sounds. But listening is an intent, a choice to “give one’s attention a sound”.
I enjoy practicing what I call Keen Listening. That’s when I put aside my thoughts for a bit and put my attention on to what my ears are taking in. When I take a moment to listen and actually name all the sounds in my environment, I notice that a calm focus takes over. As I direct my mind to this simple and specific task, all the other stuff falls to the background.
Here is my process:
Another approach is to take control of your audio universe by putting on some soft music. Put in a good pair of sound isolating earphones and enjoy a little getaway.
-- Challenge: Notice how your mind wanders into thinking about the sounds that you hear, then return to active listening.
Car. Fridge. Hammering. It’s probably my neighbor hammering. What’s she doing? Maybe she’s finally fixing her roof. It’s about time. I wonder if my roof has any broken shingles. I need to have someone look at that. I wonder how much ….
Then bring your attention back to your center and just listen. That’s all. Stay curious without assigning meaning to what you hear.
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