Listening to Nature
Listen to the wind, it talks.
Listen to the silence, it speaks.
Listen to your heart, it knows.
-Native American Proverb
Welcome to the Reflection for August!
In our modern world, studies have shown that many of us spend up to 90% of our day in buildings, whether it is an office, a shopping centre, or our home. Spending so much of our lives indoors also means that our senses get accustomed to man-made sounds, like TV’s and the white noise of machines.
Our Spirit Garden Reflection this month offers an invitation to join in the practice of rewilding our senses by paying attention to the sounds of nature. Simply listening to the layers of sound found in the natural world we become refreshed and relaxed. It has also been found that spending time in nature can improve our attention span.
As Frank Lloyd Wright has said, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, it will never fail you.”.
I hope that this Spirit Garden Reflection will draw you out into nature, or invite you to sit by an open window and allow yourself the gift of being nourished by the sounds you hear. I have also included a 12 minute recording of the sounds of nature that I hope you will find soul-soothing to listen to. I can almost guarantee that you will enter a state of deep relaxation when you listen to this! In your reflection questions, there is a beautiful poem, called The Magic of Nature, that I encourage you to take the time to read.
As we enter these last few weeks of summer, may the harmony found in the sounds of the natural world nourish your soul.
With soul-soothing blessings,
The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
Listening to Nature
The audio file below offers a reflection on the healing benefits of listening to nature. The reflection is followed by a handout with some questions that are intended to help you journal your own thoughts and experiences around this theme. Please print these out before you listen to the audio file.
You are invited to create a comfortable space for yourself, perhaps light a candle and make a cup of tea as you take about 20 minutes to listen to the reflection and then answer the questions. May this be a nourishing and replenishing time of some soul tending.
Please click on the button below to download the reflection questions that go along with this reflection on Listening to Nature.
Sounds of Nature
You may wish to incorporate this Natural World Sound Meditation by OnBeing into your reflection time. Click the link below to go to the sound meditation.
Spirit Garden Moments
Spirit Garden Moments offer a short pause in your day and an opportunity for reflection. Below is a Spirit Garden Moment which carries on with the theme of listening with a poem titled, Listen to the Rain.
Listen to the Rain
There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.
These summer months are a time for vacations and stepping away from our day-to-day routines. For many of us, we spend more time outdoors during these months. We soak up the sun and enjoy the fresh scent of summer breezes.
Over the past few months, my husband and I have made a number of camping trips to a favourite campsite beside the Bay of Fundy waters. The summer has brought a mix of weather from sunshine, to mist, to rain. There is nothing like the sound of a summer rain gently falling on a tent trailer. I am often disappointed if a camping trip doesn’t have at least one day of rain. The rain seems to give us permission to settle in with a good book, a journal and pen, or better yet, take an afternoon nap. A rainy day can quiet down the need to be out doing things in order to welcome a moment of quiet and solitude instead.
These images of rainy summer days have been the inspiration for this poem I am sharing with you today. It is called, Listen to the Rain. You will find a recording of the poem, as well as a printout of it, by clicking on the buttons below.
May listening to this poem invite you into a gentle pause in your day.
With the blessings of summer rain,
As we enter the season of late summer, may you accept the invitation to rewild your senses and may the magic of the sounds of nature sooth your soul.
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