In general I think the human race, and the world which holds us, would be a far better place if the human species was to do a lot less talking and a lot more listening. My dog speaks very little, but when he speaks he really means what he says. Being a man of few words he seems to do just fine.
Just like when you take martial arts or yoga you learn how to breath deeply, you also need to train your senses to take in all that they can. Maybe you watch, but don’t see, or listen, but don’t hear. One of the best ways of opening your senses is by laying still. Just stop. Stop it. You can’t listen when you’re making noise.
A refrigerator running all the time adds a constant din to your environment. And I bet that because you are so used to your refrigerator yelling at you 24/7 that you don’t even notice it. Try to sit at home without running a TV or radio. Instead of welcoming or accepting unnecessary noise into your life, be aware of it and at least make a conscious decision whether to have the noise join you. Don’t let noise be a home invader. Invite it into your life, or keep it off.
Life in the 21st century is already fast enough without constantly being surrounded by noise. Civilization emits a loud hum. Unneeded noise adds stress to your environment.
The next time you are walking outside no talking on the cellphone. Put away your Blackberry. If you run or ride your bike listening to music try to keep the tunes off for a while. Take that stupid Blue Tooth thing out of your ear. It makes you look like an idiot anyways. Hey, friends are honest with each other, right? No texting either.
Think what noise you are subjecting others to. I know you listen to the most awesomest, bestest rap music ever, but please keep it below 80 decibels. Sunday morning at 07:30 probably isn’t the best time to weed whack your lawn. And I know you are proud of your custom Sportster, but your neighbor may be trying to put their sick kid to bed.
Listening more will greatly improve your situational awareness. Next time you’re outside just stop everything and listen to the birds. How many different bird calls do you hear? Listen and than try to watch where the sound is coming from. See the bird? Listen to the neighbors yell at their kids to turn down the music. Listen to what your neighbors are watching on TV. What are the people in line in front of you talking about. You’ll be amazed what you hear once you start listening.
I’m not saying that you need to take a vow of silence like some monk. The next time you speak, pause before you do so and really think about what you are about to say. Ask yourself is each word necessary. Is it really what you mean to say. Be deliberate with your words. Choose your words carefully.
When someone is speaking with you, you know having a conversation just listen as deeply as you can. Breath in what they are saying and stop your mind’s racing thoughts of everything other than what the speaker is saying.
Pass it on, shhhh. Really, please shhhh.
G E T O U T S I D E E V E R Y D A Y!!
So headed back to the ocean this past weekend. The waves were good. I’m trying surfing. So we have some ocean pictures.
These beach plums are super high in vitamin c. They’ll ripen to a nice rich red color. You can make a tea from them. I’ve known people to make a cordial by stuffing a mason jar full of rose hips, adding a lot of sugar and topping it all off with good vodka or grain alcohol. You turn it over every day for three weeks and then drink it down yum. I bet homemade beach plum cordial would be good for a cold or sore throat. Folks also make beach plum jelly.