VJ’s Weekly Challenge #107: listen

Birdwatching for me is a meditative practice. It involves immersing myself in nature and finding a quiet place from which I can observe.

I begin with a prayer of acknowledgment and gratitude. I ready my camera and then I listen. Each bird has its own song and variations. It helps me determine where I want to focus, so I’m not frantically trying to follow the flitting of all the birds.

Not that I’m expert. I recognize many of the regulars by now, and there are still many I do not know. Listening helps me turn off my thoughts and centre myself on the goal.

This week, let’s focus on the art of listening.

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

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