With all this isolation and screen-based communication, I thought it would be nice to introduce the concept of self-guided soundwalks for when we go out and do personal exercise.
A soundwalk is a sensory, multi-dimensional experience which contrasts markedly with the bounded flatness of the computer screen, which is where most of us find ourselves today.
When we actively listen, our walks can become revelatory experiences. We hear sounds that transcend the boundaries of our visual matrix, allowing us to experience a different world. And anyone can do it!
Below are links to simple listening tasks that can be undertaken that involve walking (exercising) and quietly listening to the surrounding world. Click the small images to access listening guides that will help you explore and contemplate diverse ways of hearing.
Choose from one or more tasks in each list.
There are also spoken soundwalk introductions that you can download as mp3s. These are more detailed guides.
On your soundwalks you can walk anywhere you like and take as long as your usual exercise takes.
Remember, sound exists in time, and so must you. It can take practice to hear the world differently. You might want to walk and listen only during part of your walk. Or when sitting.
I also invite you to upload your own comments and thoughts to discuss your listening experiences with myself and others on our Facebook Group here.