Listen to the sounds you can hear around you.


If you are indoors, allow yourself to notice sounds without and within the room. Identify each sound as you are able.



Gently, slowly, without judgement, focus your attention on each one. 

Return your attention back to where you were before.


If a sudden sound or distraction occurs, acknowledge it and name it. Don’t try to ignore it. 


When ready, become aware of the sound of your own breathing.



Through the sounds, be attentive to the invitation of God, who dwells in creation.

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