Sitting in the busy bustle of a Chinese restaurant its hard not to let the dreary sounds amount to one and blend together. If you focus really hard though you can make out each sound, something that we are losing. With the business of everyday life, people aren’t taking the time to enjoy every sound, the beautiful way how a fork clings a plate, or the noise of a soda being sucked through a straw. Mindful listening will allow you to regain these lost sounds, break apart the blended together mess. The Chinese restaurant was full of sounds I had never really heard before, the sizzle of a grill in the back, the couple in the corner talking, their conversation quiet yet still barely understandable, the cling as a cook empties fresh food into the hot bar. It made me thankful I learned mindful listening, I could now hear the sounds that I let get “muted out.”

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