I played in doors today.
Sat on my “love seat” and urged the child to play a game called “Take Notice.”
Anyone can play. Just close your eyes, empty most thoughts, and simply “notice” what comes to your senses.
Today, it’s “Sounds” that play out for me, the child within. One comes from the chest of my youngest cat. It’s not a “meow,” but kinda like a purr that got mixed up with an involuntary human-like “ugh’ that felines make when jumping from the floor to a table. Not to be outdone, the older cat scratches a chair, extending her claws in some exercise routine.
I hear the budgie chirp, warble and make a noise I call a “chirtle,” which is a sound between a chirp and a warble. When he does it, the parakeet sounds like an orchestra of birds, all trying to sing different verses at the same time. What’s next? Well, one of his bells ringing! He can ring, chirtle and hop, skip, and jump all over his metal cage hanging from another room.
Ticking . . . A nearby clock softly comes into my awareness . . . Then a car . . . Outside the house . . . On the street . . . Then another . . . Which direction are they travelling? . . . Right to left goes one . . . The opposite direction for the next.
Wood cracks. You know, the sound that wood makes when you step on a carpet and the wooden floor beneath “moves” or “bends.” You hear it a lot in older houses like the one here in Conshohocken, PA (USA).
Now, the living room door creeks. Someone trying to avoid making noises is walking through the doorway, over the living room rug. They try not to disturb.
Silence comes. Could that be my heart beat, I hear inside? It usually only sounds this loud when other aural stimuli stop and I drift into my “zone” of peaceful meditation.
Oh, I forgot to tell you. There’s another name that most people use for this game. I try to play it least twice a day, if I can help it! It’s called, “Mindfulness Meditation.” It’s a game the child in all of us can win at playing.