Mindfulness

For birds and animals, there is only the moment.

Which makes nature the perfect focus for mindful meditation. Conventional meditation practice usually teaches us to return awareness to the sensations of the breath. But listening can be just as beneficial.

Indeed, you may find it quite powerful, especially if you are keenly attuned to sound. Also, focusing on life other than yourself can allay the expectations and judgements we often put on ourselves in meditation.

Find a quiet time, and listen at a naturally realistic volume. Lightweight headphones may be a good option. Gently allow your attention to extend out into what you're hearing. Nature's sounds are restful, but also alive and vital. They will both calm you, and offer you infinite subtle and delicate sounds to listen to.

Perhaps you may think of your meditation as 'hearing your place in the world'.

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A Tropical Night

Nightsounds from a tropical forest in the small hours before dawn.

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Asian Meadow

Exotic birdsong fills an open pine meadow in Northern Thailand.

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Australian Creeks & Waterfalls

A sub-tropical landscape album - tranquil waters flow through lush rainforest.

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Bialowieza I - Stara Twilight

by Geoff Sample. Deep forest birdsong, timeless and distinctively European, from the Bialowieza Forest in Poland.

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Bialowieza II - Riverine Scenes

by Geoff Sample. The second of two albums of deep forest birdsong, mellifluous and distinctively European, from the Bialowieza Forest in Poland.

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Birch Wood

The melodious song of a Blackcap fills the summer air in a Swedish birch woodland.

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Bush Waterhole at Dusk

A chorus of frogs begin calling as shadows lengthen over a tranquil bush waterhole.

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Cheery Bulbuls!

The delightful and cheerful songs of Bulbuls from the woodlands and forests of India.

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Cloudforest - Malaysia

A gentle album, featuring the abundance of life found in Malaysia's mountain forests.

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Coral Beach

Gentle waves wash ashore on a tropical island, with coral fragments tinkling in the backwash.

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Dawnsong of Tuis

The beautiful, ringing tones of the Tui echo through a towering New Zealand forest

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Echoes from the Ancient Forest

by Izabela Dluzyk. A sound journey to one of the last virgin forests of Europe – the Bialowieza forest in Poland.

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Echoes in a Secret Gorge

The sounds of ibex, snowcock, owls, swifts, choughs and sheep bells echo around a deep, hidden gorge in the Taurus Mountains in Turkey.

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Equatorial Africa - The Forests of Arusha

Colobus monkeys and exotic birdsong are heard in the equatorial forests of Africa's Mt. Meru

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Five Natural Pieces

by Veljo Runnel. Five soundscapes from Estonia, meditations on time and space in nature.

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Forest Nocturne

Night falls in the forest, with distant owls and a chiming chorus of nocturnal insects.

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Frankincense Forest

Birdsong fills the scented air of an ancient grove of Frankincense trees.

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Khao Yai Rainforest

New! Occasional birdsong and a susuration of soft insects filters through the rainforest canopy of Khao Yai

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Les Suetes

by Mark Brennan. Summer season birdsong and the sigh of boreal winds, heard in a Canadian lake shore forest.

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Meditation at Pine Lake

The haunting calls of ducks, geese and swans carry over an ephemeral lake by night.

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Misty River Dawn

Birdsong echoes over a tranquil river in the stillness of early dawn.

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Moonlit Pebble Bay

Gentle waves wash into a sheltered bay under a rising moon.

 

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Oak Wood

The songs of Robins, Blackbird and Wood Pigeon are heard in a British old-growth Oak forest.

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Pacific Rainforest - Vanuatu

The mellow whistles of Shrikebills and other rare birdsong blends with the murmur of Fruit Doves and distant wave wash in an island rainforest

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Peskowesk

by Mark Brennan. Journey deep into the wild forests, lakes and rivers of NE Canada's Kejimkujik National Park.

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Rain in the Forest

A gentle rainshower refreshes the forest.

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Redwoods

Discover California's famous Redwood groves in a way few get to experience.

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Shama Song

The White-rumped Shama has one of the most beautiful songs among the birds of Asia's forests.

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Summer Thunderstorm

Thunder rolls around the sky, as afternoon storms gather overhead and rain gently falls

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Sunbird Forest

Sunbirds and Whistling Thrushes are heard in the evergreen forests of Goa, India.

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