The first thing I do every morning after getting up on these warm days, is to fling wide the windows. I live in a city, so in normal times doing that means an increase in noise.
Then came the start of lockdown, and, at the beginning, the lack of noise was so noticeable. This morning It seems so very loud and busy out there again, and although I actually like city living, I craved the time, a few weeks ago, when suddenly birdsong was the prevalent backdrop to my life.
Then I remembered a quotation from Jiddu Krishnamurti about paying better attention to noise.
"Is it not important to find out how to listen not only to what is being said but to everything - to the noise in the streets, to the chatter of birds, to the noise of the tramcar, to the restless sea, to the voice of your husband, to your wife, to your friends, to the cry of a baby?"
When you take the time to do that, it's not all one big noise. It's interesting to unpick the separate noises that are going on around about you. It's a kind of meditation to separate them up and really listen to life's heartbeat.
I think it's worth doing once in a while, even if you live in a quiet location, because amazingly, even silence has its noises too!
Take care and please have a happy Tuesday! 🙏