Reflecting on Awareness in the Valley

There is the constant sound of water from a stream flowing just beside the place I’m staying. Gradually the sound fades into the background of awareness. Yes, aware still, however now the whole sound-scape opens up.

Now so focused on writing this the whole scape has faded even more. Just as would be normal. Now a monk comes and talks about the schedule for the week. Marvelously I remember to deliberately expand my awareness to the wider sphere (including the space behind me) while remaining aware of the audio/visual coming at me. Humans pull on exclusive attention like nothing else. Because?

Thinking now. Because there is a tacit expectation to interact? Even if nonverbal. Anyway, interesting to reflect on awareness. Could be the theme of the week.

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One thought on “Reflecting on Awareness in the Valley”

  1. Yes! So easy to be unaware of the ‘space behind’. And I wonder if the tractor driver can listen through the sound of the engine to the birdsong echoing away, away through the trees.
    in gassho

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