DSCN6138Eastern Bluebird During First Snow of Winter 2014
16 November 2014
at Turtle Rock Farm

How we move through the world depends on whether we view everything we meet as self-contained or as containing all life…With no sense of how things are connected, I may move things along without ever being touched by life.

But if I can hold that stone with enough presence and attention to realize its journey over centuries, how it wasn’t always solid, how its minerals coalesced, how it felt the thud and press of every horse, car and road placed above it, I might feel a deeper connection to the Earth that might broaden my perspective beyond the confines of my individual life.

Listening beyond our own silhouette, each thing we encounter is alive—be it a stone, a dragonfly, a symphony or a peach. And each thing in its aliveness encodes and mirrors the whole of life in its own way. When we can listen, each particle of being, no matter how small, invites our presence and attention, so we might hear and feel the Universe through it.

When relating to what we encounter, we become more possible ourselves; able to grow from what other things see and feel…Time has made me accept that I can’t possibly know or absorb the Oneness of things all by myself. In this way, listening becomes a partnership by which we listen and converse with everything. And this conversation with everything…becomes the partnership by which we keep everything joined.

—Mark Nepo
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen. Staying Close to What is Sacred