My life becomes completely transformed when I deeply listen. Being still and quiet has amazing benefits. Hearing beyond the voices and noise allows me to better accept my pain and vulnerability. Listening to my breath I embody ocean waves sounding with each inhale and exhale. It is no accident that "hear" and "here" sound the same.
Beyond sound helps being present to explore the mystery from moment to moment. In the deep silence words and concepts dissolve into profound space.
My favorite way of listening is when I walk alone in the woods. If I wish to encounter wildlife being quiet is essential. Also this silence allows me to fully enjoy being in nature.
Just being silent opens doors for me. "Hereness and hearness" happens following the transitory nature of sounds that arise and fall. Like a bell ringing the vibration comes and then goes. Greater possibility results when I allow myself to fully hear. Listening stimulates my greater presence, possibility and potential.