Listening for the Substance of the Winds

The substance of the winds is too thin for human eyes, their written language is too difficult for human minds, and their spoken language mostly too faint for the ears. – John Muir

Mostly too faint for the ears indeed! But by practicing deep listening one can develop the ability to converse with the winds! Eyes closed, alert but relaxed, I was lost in the silky babble of snowmelt lazing through the moss; the sound pittered on my eardrums like a soft rain, filling my head with a warm bowl of sound-milk. Eventually an airplane flew overhead, and as it did my initial reaction was to curse the pilot for flying though my soundscape. By sidestepping my reaction and pushing the association of the sound out of my mind, I was able to recognize the beautiful thunder of the metal bird, the fullness it created as it burst through the chirps of the feathered ones that sat perched in trees around me, above the sound of the spring runoff. In listening deeply and intently perception heightens and slows, and the subtle magic of the world is revealed.