I stand beside tree and listen
I notice sounds without judgement
I notice the hishhh of leaves above me, joining the wider hoshhh of the whole forest
I notice the chshcshhchshscshshshhshs of traffic, quite far away
I notice the schawwww of airplane above.
I notice the fainter cshshcshshchs of traffic on a different road.
I notice the schshhhshticticticshhhticktiktik tik ik shhwhh of rain droplets falling from the higher branches onto leaves below.
I notice the location of each sound as much as I notice their quality.
I notice that all these sounds are quite similar.
I notice the entire soundscape is made up of different, but similar layers of noise. I notice how these separate layers relate to each other.
I open my mouth and breath deeply, with sound. I make sound on the inhale as well as the exhale.
I focus on one of the layers I can hear, and shape my mouth to copy it as I breathe audibly.
I make sure to be quiet enough that I can hear both my breath and the layer simultaneously.
I breathe and listen.
After a while, I choose another layer, and change my mouth shape to copy that sound.
I listen and notice.
I notice different parts of my throat and mouth are engaged as I focus on the new sound.
When I focus on the airplane, I activate my voice to copy the plane.
When I focus on the rain droplets, I texture my breath percussively, engaging different parts of my throat, mouth and lips.
I don’t think too much about the sound I make. I listen, notice and breathe.
I continue. My breath is wind.
I breathe. I notice.
The images begin, if they will.
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