Listening For Small Sounds: A Form of Meditation



Shenandoah Mountains © Beth Adoette

I live in an urban area, inside an old mill building, without sound insulation. So, often, I use headphones to block out the noise from outside and inside the building. Lately, I have been listening to long tracks of random nature scenes and have come to appreciate the small and subtle within them. I am learning that little sounds, presented just as they are in nature, are a powerful way to ground in meditation, bringing my attention back to the present as they periodically appear in their own, beautiful time. It is similar to what I learned by looking at tiny things during my daily nature mandala practice. This time, it is not seeing, but listening to small things. (Read about what I learned with nature mandalas in The Beauty of Small Things.)


I think it started a couple months ago when I traveled to Virginia in early November to catch some color in the mountains. I walked one particular trail on different days to try to forge a relationship with place. There I heard tiny sounds behind me that threw me back to my childhood and connected me to both places. It was the little clicking sounds that juncos make as they travel and scratch about in their little groups. They are such tiny, gentle noises, but they made me melt, pay attention, become present, and build relationship.


Right now, I am working on a new mandala workshop that contemplates the AIR element and I found a few great nature tracks with beautiful wind / air and the sounds it carries. Listen to the links below if you like, or just go outside to a "quiet" area and listen!


Please note that it is a world of difference when you use headphones!


Wind in The Trees:


"Silence" Wind in the Mountains:


By Sunflowers at Night:


Katydids at Night:

 

New Workshops!


So pleased to announce that I will be conducting workshops at Blithewold every month! Here is what is coming up this spring


AIR Element: The Great Connector Mandala Workshop / March 22, 10 AM - 12 Noon

Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) Bristol, RI

Come contemplate and celebrate the AIR element as you create a nature mandala to explore and honor this element that represents spring. Learn, discuss, and perhaps challenge yourself with other curious, creative, and open-minded people as we consider how this element powerfully connects us all.


Introduction to Nature Mandalas

Middle School (Ages 10 - 13) / April 20, 11 AM to Noon

This workshop offers middle school kids the opportunity to unplug and be in the moment while exploring beautiful nature objects. Participants will be introduced to the art form of nature mandalas through photographs, and then create their own individual piece of art. The workshop also includes short, descriptive, and introspective writing. Register here!


Calling all Girl Scouts! This program can count towards your Art in the Outdoors or Art in Nature Badges.


Exploring Nature Mandalas

High School (Ages 14 - 18) / April 20, 1 PM to 2 PM

Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) Bristol, RI

This workshop offers high school kids the opportunity to unplug and be in the moment while exploring beautiful nature objects. Participants will be introduced to the art form of nature mandalas through photographs, and then create their own individual piece of art. The workshop also includes short, descriptive, and introspective writing. Register here!


Calling all Girl Scouts! This program can count towards your Art in the Outdoors or Art in Nature Badges.


Making Room for Roots and Shoots Mandala Workshop / April 26, 10 AM to Noon

Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) Bristol, RI

This spring, consider the fact that trees require adequate room for both healthy roots and shoots in order to grow strong, healthy, and beautiful. So do humans! Create a beautiful mandala and allow nature to help you creatively identify and get excited about specific ways to cultivate a balanced life with both internal and external growth. Register for this workshop, or all three adult workshops at Blithewold this spring! Register here!


May 24 / Find Your Path - Follow Your Path Mandala Workshop / May 24, 10 am to Noon

Blithewold, 101 Ferry Road (Rt. 114) Bristol, RI

There are millions of paths to take in this world, but only one is named after you! This workshop is designed to help you recognize your most authentic path, the path that brings you joy. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to recall and transform a favorite walk or place in your life into a nature mandala that will serve as a visual benchmark to help you stay on that authentic path, the one that has been named after you! Register for this workshop, or all three adult workshops at Blithewold this spring! Register here!


Or check out this link for my complete (and always being updated) workshop and show schedule.

 

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