A swan on her eggs. Listening. The M6 Motorway but a field away. She is sitting in her place. She is both doing something and not doing something. She is in effect saying yes and no at the same time.
My version of listening, of saying yes and no at the same time is to think in response to just about anything, I don’t need to do that now, or I don’t have to do that. Or I don’t need to think about this at the moment. In the end the words themselves drop away and the yes/no attention remains. And sometimes the words help renew the intention for a certain kind of attention. In life generally.
We talk about ‘returning to the place of meditation’, of ‘returning to stillness’ and that’s basically what I’m talking about here. However I’d say now, tonight, that one lives in an ongoing flow of refraining. Of Yes/No together. No gaps, not dual.