MINDFUL LISTENING - THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS

“Once upon a time.. there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy.

The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated”. - Terry Tempest William

By focusing on sound, and keeping distractions at bay by closing our eyes, we create calm within and learn to tune in to the language of Nature.

Find a space in nature that has sufficient bird activity. Explain to your child that you will both sit in silence with your eyes closed, for a minute or so (older children can do this for a longer period of time), listening to the sound of the birds talking to each other.

If you wish, you can use the prompts below:

  • Listen to the closest bird. Listen to the farthest bird.

  • Listen for conversations. Can you imagine what the birds are trying to say?

  • Listen to the silence in between the birdsong.


When the time is up, you can open your eyes and share your stories and insights.

This meditation was inspired by #Healing Forest.

Image by Gary Bendig