The five senses are the ministers of the soul.
Leonardo da Vinci*
During my morning swim my attention was on sound and hearing...
the sound of rippling water, so soothing to my ears.
the sound of breath, my breath.
the sound of nature,
the sound of voices,
the sound of traffic,
the sound of footsteps on fallen snow,
the sound of robins singing...
I ponder where listening comes in?
Are hearing and listening the same -- no, no, no...
Hearing a function of the ears.
Listening, true listening, a function of the heart...
Each day during my morning swim or afternoon walk, I focus on a specific sense. Today's was hearing. I invite you to take five minutes out of your day and focus solely on one sense -- and see where it leads.
Thank you Five Senses for the gifts you give us...
when we pay attention.
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