In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity encourages a sense of connection with the non-human neighbors we hear around us, by directing participants' attention to natural sounds they may not notice in everyday life and inviting them to guess the sources of the sounds.
Invite the participants to sit comfortably, and to close their eyes. Play sounds, one at a time. After each sound, ask the participants to describe what they heard and try to identify the sound.
Share as many sounds as time allows. Then, invite participants to reflect on the experience with questions such as:
Point out that it is hard to understand and appreciate a sound or its source, if we are not willing to really pay attention to it. Listening to nature and learning to identify its sounds reminds us that we share this world with many other beings, and that we need to make sure that there is a place for each one.
Provide headphones for participants who may need to hear sounds at a higher volume.
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Last updated on Monday, September 9, 2013.
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