Have you ever walked down a sidewalk with your eyes closed? Stood under the stars and gathered in all the sounds? How about spending an evening sitting in silence? Wherever you are, city or country, the earth has a hum. The birds, the insects, the wind, and the rain. Thinking in these spaces is often a nice way to calm the mind and focus on one thing, becoming aware enough of our surroundings to feel, sometimes without sight. Letting whatever noise fills the space around become a blanket, much like the supporting value of negative space in color theory. Often these concepts are relational, requiring the need for contrast to allow appreciation.
Though many may say some spaces are too loud, or locations are too busy, it is often in the mindset of perception, how well you can focus those into a fixed input. Our brains have intentional filters, by means of which we focus on long enough, our mind can shape our perception of a sound. Learning the ways in which this helps us concentrate can add dynamic value to our day. In many means, we are often struck with distraction and either need to reallocate or press on with our task. To be mindful we must weigh these considerations, knowing where and when we should seek silence, as well, when we should put our task down to find depth at the moment.
The mind continues to develop spheres of experience, often, around presence. Much as practicing the weight of momentary perception, we experience such contributions in the waves of sound as well. Allotting time to hear and develop the appreciation for the music of our daily experience, the more attune our senses become to deciding what to accompany. Gathering all of this auditory data, we learn what soothes us, what motivates us, and where we can find these spaces to develop our approach to an even more balanced day.
Mindfulness is an active practice, an experience we choose through each moment. Identifying the aligning components helps us focus in on our daily contributions to the practice. Each day can be dedicated to uniting a new part of a focus to overtime allow for more flexibility and cognition.