We often get so busy we forget to stop and take notice of what’s going on around us.
We tend to block out nature from our ears by having a radio or the television going all day.
Being able to stop and reflect on the wonders of the natural world brings us all a great deal of pleasure, and a sustaining sense of peace.
How can you help your grandchild tune into the natural world?
Sit somewhere quiet and ask your grandchild to close his or hers eyes and simply listen.
What can they hear?
Once they have identified the first level of sounds, ask them to listen harder?
Can they hear those birds way off in the distance, for example? Can they hear the train whistle? Is the house creaking?
Can they hear the wind?
Learning to listen takes time
Noises and sounds often come to us on different levels.
Some are close by, and others are far away.
Being able to listen takes a lot of practice. It’s about stilling our minds and finding about what is really going on around us.
If your grandchild is a bit of a chatterbox, remind them that we can’t hear at all when we are speaking.
Help them to learn to be quiet.
Teach them that it is okay to be still, and to allow nature to entertain us in her soft, calming manner.