Noticing what we hear in different ways

We can start by hearing one thing and then realise it’s multi-layered.

Like discovering we had several pairs of pheasants in the valley when we thought there was a lonesome male.

Following my musings on whether there is a better word for slow, I’ve been fascinated by the various positive alternatives offered in the last two days.


  • Saunter
  • Deliberate
  • Designed
  • Crafted
  • Considered
  • Intentional
  • Presence
  • Organic
  • Linger
  • Languorous
  • Unhurried
  • Ponder
  • Extend
  • Attend
  • Patient
  • Calm
  • Funkenzwangvorstellung*

And these phrases:

  • Embracing the wholeness
  • Travelling at the speed of life
  • On its own time
  • Natural pace
  • Measured – tailored to humanity
  • In alignment with nature’s seasons, cycles and rhythms

And a poem:

Fronds unfurl 
Gracefully evident
Grace fully apposite
In season

+ Dith Parry

How do these land with you, and what do you notice?

It’s worth asking because what we hear shapes us more than we realise.

Pause. See differently. Re-story 🌿

*’The primal trance of watching a campfire in the dark’. From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig