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“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.” 

Harper Lee

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Listening with Notes  (best done with a partner or group, also suitable for children).

Sit quietly.

Take a few breaths to bring yourself into the present moment.

Take one minute to listen to all the sounds around you.  Without saying anything.  Just listening carefully.

Once this one minute is up then write down for another minute all the different sounds that you heard.

Compare these sounds to what your friend could hear.

What did you notice in the practice?

What was it like to simply sit quietly and listen?

If you enjoyed the practice, move to another location and try again.

Try doing the practice outside in a natural environment.

Find out more about this training for children here on the Meditation in Schools site.

Conclusion.

Engaging in the seven trainings released over the last 7 weeks, helps us to start to listen completely, we will not be one Hemingway’s ‘most people, who never listen.’  We’ll be able to strengthen our relationships and connect more to the world around us.

These listening practices create a foundation for other Mindfulness and Meditation trainings that help us to live in the moment.

Once we start to engage with these practices and gain some experience, we may become frustrated when others appear to not listen to us, at that time remember the words of Winnie the Pooh.

If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” 

1) Introduction

2) Listening to Music

3) Listening to a Friend

4) Listening to a Lecture

5) Listening to the City

6) Listening to Nature

7) Listening with Notes