Let's listen to what David George Haskell states in the last short paragraph of his podcast Song Of the Birds:
"Let's answer the birds' invitation, stepping outside to give them the simple gift of our attention. Listen. Wonder. Belong."
There are two languages. One with which are too familiar; the verbal language of human kind. The other language with which we are hardly familiar is thelanguage of nature. When we take time to step outside of our human language, be silent, attend, and listen, we get connected with language with universal grammar.The human language can and often does create self made boundaries, divisiveness, conflicts, battles and wars. When I keep my mind open and listen to the other language, a new language is born that expands and deepens my consciousness.
Two instances stand out in my mind. One when I was with my friend listening to a song beginning with two Hindi words, "Ful kahe" meaning the "flower says". These two words opened my eyes to see the beauty of nature right in front of my eyes.The second was when I was reading Tagore's poem. The poet was looking for beauty in the far awy forest and on the Himalayan Mountains. He hearda soft and gentle voice of a flower plant in his yard inviting him to see beauty right in front of his eyes. Both songs have opened my eyes to see beauty in nature close to me , right beside me!
Finding time to attend, behold, wonder and connect everyday to relate to nature helps me to to listen to the wisdom offered to me as a gift.
Jagdish P Dave