I am in Israel at the moment at my parents home, the app. I grew up in. I sat in my old bedroom and meditated setting my attention on hearing. The app. is in a quite street, in the middle of a busy neighborhood. It was about 6 am and the city just started to wake up. Coming from my current home in a Seattle suburb i got used to a very quite surrounding, so usually the hustled noise of this early morning hour bothers me, but I decided to gave it a try and meditate on it with out judgment. not an easy task to begin with:) so, I breathed through the noise of the garbage truck loading and unloading, the beeping of cars in a hurry, the wild siren of the police or an ambulance passing by, the buses as they stop and go..I felt myself both resisting, being annoyed by this noise, craving calm, as well as feeling the comfort of being back in an old familiar space. As I continued( trying ) let go of expectations,I was surprised to hear the unexpected, first, birds happy singing ( it is spring time in Israel, but where did these birds come from?), than the crickets chirping, a dog barking in the distance and a little baby faint calling.
Never before did I notice all that rainbow of sounds in my childhood home,
as a let go of my resentment of all that city noise, the field of hearing just opened up wide..