July 18th of this year was World Listening Day.  I discovered this after hiking in the magic vibe of Muir Woods and came across a children’s collage of the things they discovered while they listened.

The purposes of World Listening Day are to:world listening day
Celebrate the listening practices of the world and the ecology of its acoustic environments;
Raise awareness about the growing number of individual and group efforts that creatively explore Acoustic Ecology based on the pioneering efforts of the World Soundscape Project, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, La Semaine du Son, and Deep Listening Institute, among many others;
Design and implement educational initiatives that explore these concepts and practices.

Who knew people studied how the world listens?  Muir invited children from all the local schools to come and participate in World Listening Day.  I can’t honestly come up with something more important for children to grasp.

FullSizeRender-7In the Cathedral Grove at Muir Woods, a small sign says “enter quietly” and I thought about ways we listen and all the ways we enter things quietly to achieve the greatest results.

Far beyond a walk in a ancient redwood forest, entering the unknown with silence and reverence, seeking first to understand, listening to discern, finding solace.. their are a million times and places where entering quietly will serve the greater good in an profound way. MuirWoods3

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~ Mother Teresa

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