A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said, “I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood. Will you be gracious enough to show me the Way?”
The Master said, “Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?”
The monk said, “Yes, I do.”
The Master said, “Here is the entrance.”
“Listening intently” is a simple, fun meditation practice. Just sit, relax, and listen to your environment like a dog, cat — or a squirrel in the wild, where your life depends on your listening. At work I used to have fun by listening to as many conversations as I could simultaneously.