Listening to the World

Listening to the World

This is an exercise to take in and appreciate the wisdom of the world around us.  It also helps participants work on listening skills, a key element in empathetic understanding.

The exercise is very simple.  Have the participants sit for one minute in silence taking in all the sounds in the immediate area.  When the minute is up discuss what sounds people heard and compare from person to person how the sounds were the same or different.

In reverence, discuss what wisdom can come from simply listening to the world around us.  How well do we really listen?  Do we choose not to listen?  Perhaps we could take one minute each day to listen to the world around us.

Adapted from:

Spolin, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher’s Handbook. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1986. Print.

 

Great for the themes of: Divinity, Peace, Simplicity, and Wisdom.

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