Usually when we listen to sounds we try to understand, interpret or respond to what we hear. When turn our attention to the experience of sound itself, our thinking mind fades into the background and the simple act of listening becomes a doorway to greater calmness and peace.
Drop-In Aikido: Tenkan--Aligning
When we experience intense energy coming toward us, our reflex is often to block it or retreat from it. Tenkan is the art of turning to align with the energy of an attack. Practicing tenkan retrains our subconscious mind. As we learn to relax our opinions and turn to see things from others' points of view, we discover that their energy can be a support to us and our lives.
Read: "Chapter 2: The Art of Compassion" in Living With the Wind at Your Back by David Shaner
Read or listen to Curtis Sensei's discussion on Letting Go Chapter 6: Meditation without Thinking