This is a series of nature exercises, refer back to this post to find out what this is all about.
One of my favorite things to do in the woods is listen.
I try to identify all the sounds I hear but I’m not always successful.
Actually some sounds are scary and wild thoughts start running through my head, like a bear is following me.
Still, I love the relaxing sounds of nature.
So when I’m not in the woods, I still love to listen to the sounds of nature.
I sit on my back porch, close my eyes and make a list in my mind of all the different nature sounds I hear.
It could be birds singing, dogs barking, the wind blowing or the sound of rain.
It’s usually bird sounds because we live on a migratory path.
And boy can they be loud sometimes. I love it!
Here’s your exercise for today.
Find your fun place in nature and go sit there.
Close your eyes for about 5 minutes and listen.
What do you hear?
Can you identify every sound or did you hear something you’ve never heard before?
Write down all the sounds you heard.
Your writing can be one word.
Next take your pen or coloring pencils or pencil and draw the loudest sound you heard.
And if the loudest sound was something you can’t identify can you still draw it?
Now reflect on your words and your drawings, did you make a connection?
Here’s my story –
I was inside getting dinner ready the other night when I heard the birds out back being very loud for this time of the day.
They are usually this loud in the early morning hours.
So I stopped what I was doing and open the back door and stepped out onto the porch and listened for about 5 minutes.
They were all grouped together in the neighbor’s tree, seemed like hundreds of them taking over this one tree.
I grabbed my phone to record this video.
A bit windy that day but can you see all the movement in the tree?
Just as I stopped recording, the birds, all at once came out of the tree and flew down the street to another tree.
Wow, what a sight to see!
I watched as they continued flying from one tree to the next in sync until they were out of sight.
I thought about this for a moment and reflected on how this experience relates to me.
My connection –
They seemed to have excellent communication skills – something I could improve upon, I’m not always clear in my message.
They kept moving forward – Unlike me, I stop dead in my tracks when I’m unsure or it’s not prefect.
I need to keep moving forward putting my best out there and learning from what doesn’t work.
There’s more to this and for that reason I started a “nature journal” just for these exercises because my thoughts keep flowing long after this experience.
This is such a fun nature exercise and the best part is you can do anywhere!
The more you do this the easier it will be to tune out the noise in your head and really listen to natural world around you.
So the next time you’re hurrying to your car to go somewhere, stop and take a moment and listen to the relaxing sounds of nature.
I promise, the rest of your day will be so much more enjoyable.
So how did you do?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Keep up with this series by following this tag – Nature Exercises.
Cool little nature journal.
Click the photo and scroll to the bottom to see pictures of the inside.